'Another River' is an alternative rock-pop song with an urgent drive, yet one that sets itself apart by the way the music defines the song or rather the emptiness of the whole. The basis is a fast, dry way of guitar playing providing the urgency. Other instruments move in and out of the song. Marike Jager sings over the whole in a fairly relaxed way. Denying the urgency to touch her delivery of the lyrics.
In the music the album holds a mix of alternative music and even a little weirdness, in a most positive way. Experimenting led to psychedelic sequences that led to an open mind and ears on my end. The result is songs going off into unexpected directions, to become so much more interesting. The ending of the title song and the middle sequence in Marakaka attest to imagination and inspiration.
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It is surprises like this that make Hey Are You OK a fun album to listen to. Some songs are more appreciated by me than others but overall the album scores very well. It is adventurous. The top song 'San Diego' is The Kinks flavoured yet fits totally into the whole of Hey Are You OK. The contrast by the beautiful vocal melody and the staccato playing behind the voice again provides this contrast defining most songs on the album. Intriguing and convincing Marike Jager's new album is.
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