Oosterdok | Some Day We Will Part Forever

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Some Day We Will Part Forever

by Oosterdok

Cerebral yet emotionally engaging electro indiepop from London based duo, marrying stunning vocals from the classically trained Becky Naylor with a variety of electronic textures fashioned by songwriter/producer Jay Line.
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'Some day We Will Part Forever' is the first EP release from Oosterdok, the electropop duo of Jay Line and Becky Naylor, which reviewers described as "...a marvellous debut" and "...one of the most memorable debut EPs that I've ever heard" (go to the band's website for links to reviews).

The band came into being after a chance meeting between Jay Line and Becky Naylor in a second hand bookstore. Despite nearly coming to blows over the last copy of a sought after book, they got chatting and soon discovered a mutual passion for pancakes, foreign films, and most importantly, music.

Jay's love affair with music began at a very early age, and this interest developed into an obsession during adolescence. Whilst listening to his walkman on his morning paper round, he would formulate plans for world domination, pledging to release one album of ten classic songs by the age of thirty. A degree in economics and several dead end jobs later, his first breakthrough came in the form of soundtrack work, providing music for award winning indie flick "Goldfish Memoirs" (2nd Century Cinema) and for the short film, "JAM". However, his efforts to form a band were continually thwarted by a succession of tone deaf karaoke singers and pop idol wannabies, so he continued to develop his song writing and production skills on his own until fate lent a helping hand.

That this should come in the form of Becky Naylor provided an unexpected twist. An actress and musician by profession, her background was more classically orientated, having toured the world with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and sung everywhere from South African underground caverns to the Royal Albert Hall. As an instrumentalist she had achieved high grades on piano and clarinet, and to date has also taught herself saxophone, penny whistle and recorder as part of her on-going obsession with anything that makes an interesting sound.

It is this shared musical adventurousness that led to the birth of Oosterdok and which permeates their first commercial release; 'Some day we will part forever' (EP). Featuring a variety of electronic textures, the four songs touch on themes such as belief, obsession, addiction and redemption, and showcase Jay Line's poetic, cerebral style of song writing.

With their contrasting musical backgrounds the pair have been influenced by a wide range of music. This first EP exhibits an electro-pop sound that has been compared to artists such as Depeche Mode, Ladytron, Björk, Stereolab and Air.

The band have since released another EP, 'Twilights of the Weary Soul', and are planning to record more material in the not too distant future, with live shows also in the pipeline.


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J-Sin, Smother.net


No this is not a debut. I won’t have it. It cannot be. Music this good doesn’t come instantly does it? Well apparently this absolutely brilliant duo have mastered electro and put it all down in one of the most memorable debut EPs that I’ve ever heard. The vocals of Becky Naylor really make the stunning synth lines pop out at you. And pop’s the key word here because this is just as catchy as anything you might run into on mainstream radio. It figures this is a British import as that nation by far as the copyright on “best music” in the last three or four years. If you don’t have this album in your clutches you’re really missing out.

Different Drum, Whisperin & Hollerin


‘Some Day We Will Part Forever’ is a fine debut EP with 3 good tracks and one absolute gem. OOSTERDOK are Jay Line and Becky Naylor; Jay produces, writes the music and words while Becky sings them. They met in a second-hand book shop, nearly coming to blows over the last copy of a sought after book. It’s a telling anecdotal story as this is cerebral music that hits the head before touching the heart. There’s a brave and on the whole successful attempt to create a distinctive sound, a kind of pastoral folktronica that Becky’s clipped and politely phrased singing (reminding me of Sarah Nixey) perfectly matches.

We’ll start with the second track ‘You Won’t See Me In Heaven’ that starts like something by Phillip Glass but emerges as a melancholic prayer, bringing to mind the softer moments of Depeche Mode, the rich analogue melodica of Air and a touch of Kraftwerk. Depeche Mode/Yazoo are stronger in the mix of ‘PSirens’ but there’s also a touch of 70’s prog-synth in the instrumental breaks and a hint of Gothic melodrama. The last track ‘Highuponahilltop’ is a gentle lullaby that builds over the music-box melody which changes key as the songs grows and develops.

The sparkler is the first track ‘Bob’s Last Day’ that brings all the unusual elements of OOSTERDOK’s sound into clear focus. There’s some Ladytron and Stereolab in here but the song is their own through and through. Jay’s unusual lyrics about Bob’s anger and impotence in the face of the madness of the world are given a fittingly chilly presentation by Becky in the verse but find redemption in the beautifully warm harmonies of the chorus.

Early days for these two and I have a feeling that this debut EP still only represents tentative steps towards emerging as a musical force. Becky has a strong musical background herself and I hope that her classical leanings and individual skills on various instruments are allowed to help OOSTERDOK’s sound develop. A follow-up EP is expected in the summer and is keenly awaited by this reviewer.