Ojee Walk Upright
It's a calm, sunny day in the California wilderness. Two guys sit in lawnchairs overlooking a green meadow talking about how things came into being. This comfortable setting inspires them to play an extended melody on their guitar and melodica. Like always, they record their ideas on a mini tape recorder - confident they'll find a use for them someday. This is a familiar scene from the early days of a band named Ojee. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric Green and Brian Campbell (the duo who are Ojee) eventually find themselves living in Los Angeles. A few years float by and they now have a four-track and a wide assortment of instruments. After recording a shelf full of tapes for their own amusement, the two begin to think, 'Hey, this stuff is getting pretty good, actually, people might like this'. So these easygoing fellows now begin a quest to organize the mountain of song ideas and record a selected few. With the help of some friends, who run a tiny recording studio and label nearby, Ojee's arrangements quickly go from four to twenty-four tracks. So at last we have 'Ojee Walk Upright', their self-produced debut album. The sound of Ojee can most accurately be described as indie dub-pop - a seamless blend of reggae, folk, and pop-rock. Their songs combine the hypnotic rhythms and deep basslines of reggae with folky vocal harmonies and catchy pop melodies, all weaving through a steady rock beat. Ojee could say they have been influenced by Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Donovan, and Beck - though you might not hear the connection initially. 'Ojee Walk Upright' is a collection of jovial and contemplative songs with both intelligent and playful lyrics focusing on self-reflection, existence, and human nature. Ojee has evolved and is ready to be heard.