Some Day We Will Part Forever
'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.