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offonoff Vol. 1 - boy. (Normal Edition)
offonoff Vol. 1 - boy. (Normal Edition)
Futuristic groovers
August 7, 2017 Picked By Pisces See all this editor's picks
Composed of singer-songwriter Colde and producer 0channel, offonoff is part of Dean's hip-hop crew Club Eskimo, which also includes singer-songwriters like Crush and Miso. Since their dreamy debut Mood launched on Soundcloud in 2015, the talented duo has enjoyed increasing popularity among futuristic music lovers. Recently recruited by Tablo's indie label HIGHGRND, they stay true to their raw music style and reveal people's innermost thoughts and emotions in their first full-length album boy.

Love is the primary theme of this album. Comparing smoking to an addictive love, offonoff, Miso and Tablo capture the dreaminess and bittersweetness of a fleeting love in Cigarette (Track 2). Miso's soulful voice and Colde's low-register vocals create an attractively hazy mood for the song. offonoff's ambient sound is mainly exhibited in their laid-back melodies and soulful arrangements. However, in boy. (Track 5), Colde shows their dreamy vibe through his romantic lyrics that work magic with 0channel's atmospheric synth-driven tune: "I'm going to find you now / I still don't want to know how to stop loving you / Shoes that take us to a nice place / Let's run away from hardships, over the moon."

Apart from love, offonoff also reflects on their career in this album. Different from other tracks that start with eerie synth openings, Gold featuring Dean (Track 3) kicks off with a woman speaking followed by a wave of laughter. The groovy piano riffs take listeners away from the crowd and lead them to a comfortable place filled with airy vocal harmonization. Rather than going mainstream, the duo takes pride in experimental styles and expresses hope for their future in the indie music scene: "I go to a desert place / I don't need to care about what the others think / The sky is so gold because of the sunset / The shining necklace and future are so gold, so gold."

Regardless of themes, offonoff's songs always have a dark, depressing tone that evokes listeners' introspective loneliness. Their rhythmically driven ballads beautifully depict the feelings of solitude and despair through simple drumbeats, compelling synth chords and soft vocal harmonization. Giving a poetic insight into natural features such as clouds, sea and sky, offonoff guides people to inner peace in the soothing boy.

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