Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020 – with over 1,000 shows played, nine studio albums released, and a slew of splits and live recordings – OvO is a singular force in the underground. With a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments, founding members Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella take influence from the likes of Swans and Diamanda Galas, pounding out a theatrical and harrowing mix of what Stereogum has described as “music – rhythmic noise, really – owing equal debts to extreme metal, noise rock, industrial music, and dark electronica.” Pitchfork has compared Pedretti’s vocals to Yoko Ono, and Decibel Magazine has hailed the band’s sound as “a David Lynch dance party.”
Always on tour, OvO’s fiercely independent ethos and grinding live schedule have earned the band a rep as “the Jucifer of Europe,” with a worldwide fanbase expecting nothing but the most daring and innovative music. OvO has performed at festivals on nearly every continent, and has toured extensively with the likes of Lightning Boltand Zu.
Embarking now on its worldwide deal with Artoffact Records, at the dawn of its 20th anniversary, OvO presents a thrilling new piece of work: ninth full-length, Miasma.
Featuring guest appearances by members of Årabrot, The Soft Moon, Gnučči, and more, Miasma sees OvO continue down its path, mixing tribalism and futurism by way of radical cross-contaminations of sounds, rhythms, and genres.
As with previous albums Abisso and Creatura, the Miasma writing process began with loops and patterns that Dorella proposed to Pedretti. Along with beats bashed out on his minimal drum kit, Dorella teamed up with friends to create samples – collaborators included Eraldo Bernocchi (Sigillum S), a034, Ripit, Paolo Bandera (Sigillum S), and Matteo Vallicelli (The Soft Moon). Pedretti then chose her favorites, restructured where necessary, and played and sang over them.
Dorella offers this statement about the album:
“A contagious miasma, coming from the most remote swamps, is surrounding cities and villages. It can be an alien disease, like in a sci-fi movie, or it can be some deeper fear caused by whoever wants to control us, like in real life. Freaks, queers and outsiders will be the first ones to realize and fight it. But still: expect mutations. We are trying to represent how close science-fiction and reality are nowadays, and how close to us the miasma really is…”
Miasma was recorded by Ivano Giovedì and Franco Beat at secret locations across rural Italy. The album was mixed by Giulio “Ragno” Favero and mastered by Andrea De Bernardi.
The cover art was created by London-based tattoo artist Michele Servadio.
A full European tour beings in February.