OHN | In The End, All Things Begin

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In The End, All Things Begin

by OHN

Sophomore release from this Austin Texas powerhouse. Funky beats, electronic soul, post-rock epics. This time Brad Houser of Critter's Buggin fame and DJ Nick Nack (Crowd Control Records) join the madness. A unique blend of techno dance beats, hip-hop rhy
Genre: Electronic: Funk
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1. While You Were Sleeping
5:14 album only
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2. Ijo People
5:24 album only
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3. Bubblegum
5:05 album only
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4. Search The Heart For Something Real
6:02 album only
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5. The Birth
4:56 album only
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6. Talking With Shadows
4:22 album only
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7. You Still Haunt Me
5:11 album only
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8. Supernova
4:12 album only
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9. Dawn
7:10 album only
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10. In The End
4:37 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Live electronica artist Ohn celebrates the release of their second album entitled "In The End, All Things Begin" The CD, a combination of electronic, jazz, soul, rock and hip-hop genres, will be distributed through CDBaby and will be available through major digital distribution providers including Itunes, Napster, etc by March 30th.

"This is by far our most ambitious effort to date," stated Bill Sarver, the creator of the group. Members of Ohn include Brad Houser (Critters Buggin, The New Bohemians) on bass and saxophone, Bildeaux (Scum Of The Earth, 16volt, Soak, Lila's Medicine) on laptop and beats, Chris Forshage (Larry) on guitar and horn, Ryan-Blum_Kryzstal on vocals and keys, Chal Boudreaux (Soak, Zayara) on guitar and bass, Andrew Tachovsky on guitar and DJ Nick Nack (Crowd Control Records) on the turn tables. The sophomore album brings a unique combination of musical talents into one of the most stunning electronic albums emerging from Austin in years.

OHN's style has been described as "DJ Shadow meets Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis" and has garnered rave reviews from local and national media. OHN utilizes a deadly combination of dual guitars, trumpet, keys, bass, drums, middle-eastern instruments, programmed beats, saxophone and samples to create a remarkable live, electronic sound. OHN formed when a diverse group of musicians from several popular Austin bands found a common musical ground. The second album was recorded in some of Austin's top studios over a span of two years. Bildeaux, founding father, programmer and producer, has worked on material for talented artists such as Jarboe from the Swans, Riggs from Rob Zombie, Soak (Interscope/Sire) and Laura Scarborough. Guitarist Chal Boudreaux hails from Soak and currently plays with Sony recording artist Zayra. Chris Forshage has played with many acts including Larry and Grass. Andrew Tachovsky is also a guitar veteran, previously sharing stages with Chris in the band Pura Vida. Ryan Blum-Kryzstal is a poet and jazz vocalist, currently attending the prestigious New School Of Jazz in NYC. Brad Houser is a veteran of several top notch bands such as Critter's Buggin(Ropeadope), The New Bohemians(Geffen), and Lila's Medicine. This powerhouse ensemble has been wowing audiences with its unique visual and ever changing live performances, and has taken free form electronic music to an all new level.

"OHN develops an astounding soundscape that clouds over the rest of the wannabes in the best of underground clubs." -j-sin, Smother.net

"...a collection of instrumental jams that root their influence in jazz-fusion while simultaneously sporting a forward thinking sound ...its downtempo feel promotes an erotic, almost aphrodisiatic effect." -arlo fishman, FEEDBACK Magazine

"...some of the best instrumental electronica Austin's ever produced." - Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle

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Aiding and Abetting

... fine representation of electronic funk.
Some might call this acid jazz, but I think what we have here is a fine representation of electronic funk. Mellow funk, to be sure. I know, a lot of folks would call mellow funk "happy jazz," but I don't. There is a difference. And it lies in the way these songs come together.

I can't be sure, but I think the band recorded its tracks, and then they were somewhat reassembled in the studio. And when I say band, I mean a full workup, complete with DJ and horns. Ohn uses its horns more as jazz ornamentation than actual funk drivers, but I think that's just a nice way of moving the flavor. Then there are songs like "Bubblegum," which bring out both the funk and the acid jazz. I suppose I could go mad trying to shoehorn these folks into a box, but that's a dumb idea. Ohn is Ohn, and that's enough.

Nice little jams for your next party or intimate get-together. A word of warning: There are ideas on this disc. It's not quite mindless. I think that's a good thing, myself, but it might lend itself to some issues, depending on your agenda when you're playing the disc. Just thought you'd like to know.
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Mark Lush - Midwest Bands

This group of musicians has a very bright future ahead of them...
Musicianship – 9 out of 10

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and musicianship I found on this disc! In the first couple of days that we had Ohn’s CD in the office, I heard snippets of it here and there, and knew that it was music with a strong electronic presence. Since that really isn’t one of my favorite types of music, I was a bit reluctant to hear much more. However, the time soon came for me to listen to the disc, so that I could write my review. It was far different than what I had expected!


The music is heavily influenced by electronic dance music, but it is not dominated by that sound. Live instrumental work, including saxophone, trumpet, guitar, keys and bass are performed with the accompaniment of electronic beats provided by Bildeaux and scratching/turntable work of a DJ named Nick Nack. Several players make the live instruments happen (Ryan Blum-Kryzstal, Brad Houser, Chris Forshage, Andrew Tachovsky, and Chal Boudreaux), switching off and on with each track. The resulting sound is an Electronic smorgasbord; some tracks are smooth, mellow jazzy pieces, while others are more funk-oriented. Others reminded me of the music that accompanies Cirque De Soleil, while the track (You Still Haunt Me) even provides a bit of a feel similar to the music of Pink Floyd! The music is performed well, and widely varied in styles. It is definitely some of the best electronic stuff that I’ve had the opportunity to hear! I like Ohn’s music, and I am very happy that I got to know their music!

Songwriting – 9 out of 10

With music that is primarily instrumental, it’s a bit difficult to know the method or process that a group goes through to create each song. It’s not really important, I guess, other than to satisfy my own curiosity! Whatever process Ohn uses to write works, and that’s what counts! Much of what they do seems to be improvisational in nature – solo riffs played over the beats created by Bildeaux. There is also a lot of collaboration that takes place, too, because the instrumental parts all fit together really well. The material on In the End All Things Begin is great music, created skillfully by excellent musicians!


Sound Quality/Professionalism – 9.5 out of 10

Above all, this disc is very professionally made! All parts, electronic or acoustic, are recorded well, and mixed well for a sound that is top notch! Many kudos go to the production, mastering and engineering teams responsible for creating the album!


Packaging – 8.5 out of 10
A colorful 6-panel Digipak houses the CD for In The End, All Things Begin. There isn’t a lot of content in the liner notes, but the info that is included gives the names of each musician, and a listing of the songs with the names of the musicians that participated on that particular track. The rest of it is abstract artwork that looks pretty good. All in all, a nice packaging job!


Favorite Tracks
While You Were Sleeping
Bubblegum
Talking With Shadows
You Still Haunt Me
In The End


Overall Rating – 9 out of 10

The bottom line for me after listening to In the End All Things Begin is this: Electronic music, when done in the right way, by the right people, and for the right reasons, can be technically excellent, artistic and fun! I like the fact that the electronics on this album don’t replace real instrumentation; instead, they are used to support and enhance the songs! The end result is a project that I really enjoyed! Some songs reminded me of the classic P-Funk/George Clinton sound, while others were straight-ahead Pop/Hip-Hop sounds. There was enough variety in the style of the songs to hold my interest, even though some of the jams were well over 6 minutes long! You seriously have to know me to know that the things I’m saying are a big deal. I have not been a huge fan of the genre; however, as musicians such as these hone their abilities and their sounds, I’m beginning to see that I might be able to find a place among the fans of electronica after all!


In the End All Things Begin is a really good album, and I definitely recommend that you get a copy of it for yourself. Its professional sound quality and incredible musicianship makes it a great CD for playing at dance parties, as background music for the workplace, or listening in the car or at home! This group of musicians has a very bright future ahead of them, and you owe it to yourself to hear what they have to offer!
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Laura T Lynch of Kweevak.com

Stellar !
OHN is a band of talented players from Austin, Texas. OHN has two guitarists as well as traditional rock and jazz instrumentalists that combine their skills with the modern technology of a beat box and a laptop. Their sound is an eclectic blend of electronic, hip-hop, jazz, rock, soul, techno and world. All ten tracks on their sophomore release feature tight, first-rate musicianship with plenty of passion and spontaneity. The CD is expertly produced as each diverse, song smoothly transitions into the next. OHN explores a variety of styles that range from the funky opening to the soulful close. In between are lush soundscapes of arrangements with some vocals that are dreamy, haunting and playful, often in the same song. The rhythms are catchy throughout and enhanced by loops and samples but best of all are the jams. The title In The End, All Things Begin captures the flow of the CD as one mood ends another begins. A technique used throughout the album as intricate instrumentals move into more experimentation jams. OHN is an innovative group and their latest CD is stellar!
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Smother.net

Amazing, does it get better than this?
Beginning with a Korn “Blind”-esque ride cymbal only to lurch into clubby downtempo beats, “While You Were Sleeping” is the antithesis to subway travel, relaxing your body, and quieting your soul. You may remember our previous discussions of OHN, which landed them an editor’s pick, and they follow up that album with another that should garner them just as much praise if not a whole steaming heaping of more. Experimental doesn’t really cover it as they’re every bit of appealing to mainstream trendy clubbers as the next house outfit. Instead they’re more of a combination between DJ Spooky and DJ Shadow with jazzy breaks and organic live instrumentations. Amazing, does it get better than this?

- J-Sin
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Maurice

In The End, All Things Begin is a engaging and ambitious sophomore release
Ohn's In The End, All Things Begin is an eclectic and ambitious effort for a group out of Texas. One would think that only Country music came out of Texas, personally Ohn has a good chance of changing that image.

Ohn's style has been described as "DJ Shadow meets Bitches Brew - era Miles Davis". I will confidently stand behind that statement, but In The End, All Things Begin is much more than just fusion oriented music. There is some great funky-chillout tracks like "You Still Haunt Me" and "Talking With Shadows". "While You Were Sleeping is a erotic uptempo track sure to intensify a romantic situation. Hip Hop beats and funky horn solo (which remind me of Prince's main saxman Alan Leeds) are the focus point on Ijo People.

Overall, Ohn's In The End, All Things Begin is a engaging and ambitious sophomore release, which in turn will establish them with more respect within the electonica community, and the consumer with great music.
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pantz

support ohn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
support ohn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

michael brown. tami's friend.

dj babu is da coolest!!!!!!!!!!

great cd!!!!!!!!!!
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Pantz

Hey!!!!!!!
Hey Tami and Bill!!!!!!!!!!

I wrote u 3 reviews.

from Michael Brown
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