WATCH | OOFJ – ‘Snakehips’

By ajcolores

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On the heels of their acclaimed 'Disco To Die To', OOFJ re-emerge with the mysterious 'Snakehips'. An unforeseen critical success, reviews of their debut LP spoke of "dark Badalamenti" and "Polanski terror with opaque floating vocals" - OOFJ's latest still exists in this darker, Lynchian sphere but their new single also seems to suggest the light of day-glo escaping through the cracks. The swivel-hipped 'Snakehips' conjures the groovy anxiety of rubbing up against a stranger and pretending to be a stranger to someone you know.

The video is made out of a clip of Earl "Snakehips" Tucker also known as “The human boa constrictor”. The clip is taken from the 1930's short film CRAZY HOUSE. Tucker who lived from 1905 to 1937 was an american dancer, flexible as a snake, acquiring the nickname Snakehips after popularizing the dance around Harlem music clubs like the Savoy ballroom in the 1920’s. The "Snakehips" dance dates back to southern plantations before emancipation.

OOFJ allows for Mr Tuckers complete virtuosity to be ogled and then surprisingly they add images of "beautiful porn", cropped to make the dancing of Earl to shape -shift and change to environs of women's bodies. Mr Tucker dances in-between and in front of mouths, hips, breasts, legs and feet, hinting at the absurd pleasure of sexual fantasy and summer lust. The images hint at what the song almost climaxes to, "move your hand up my thigh.." The complex and throbbing musicality and the velvet whisper, sighing of the voice.

The duo met in New York while Jenno Bjørnkjær was working on music for Lars Von Trier's 'Melancholia'. OOFJ's distinctive, exotic sound is the perfect fusion of South African vocalist Katherine Mills-Rymer dark romanticism and Jenno's cool Danish precision - creating something simultaneously glamourous, nightmarish, and narcotic.

The song 'Snakehips' was conceived on a hot, late afternoon where the couple resides in Highland Park in East LA overlooking the mountains. Katherine sporadically started singing about "snakehips", Jenno was perplexed to what it meant. She explained it as, "smooth, slim and how you feel drunk. She continues, "Also my grandpa always used to call me that, "hey snakehips," when I got dressed up for something, and looked a bit provocative…a bit perverse.’ Jens made the track, making a sound of complexity to bliss out to and make out to.

OOFJ's second album will be out in the fall, which promises to sound like romance, existential fright, fantasy and intellectual abandon over a boozy brunch.

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