🌈❤️🌈The Weird and Wonderful World of Oh. Issue #1
by on April 24, 2015 in Newsletter
Oh. song, Oh. Musician, Oh. music, Oh. Progressive Rock, Oh. Progressive Metal, Oh. Olivia Hadjiioannou, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, Oh

New Vinyl and Digital Album Release
OH.
Release Date: April 24, 2015

Synemotion
A synesthesia of the senses and feelings
Progressive metal and rock

Oh. song, Oh. Musician, Oh. music, Oh. Progressive Rock, Oh. Progressive Metal, Oh. Olivia Hadjiioannou, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, Oh

The progressive rock/metal artist OH. released two singles, “Run Away” and “Synemotion” from her upcoming vinyl and digital album Synemotion set to be released on April 24, 2015.

The singles and pre-orders of the digital download and the Limited Edition Double Gatefold vinyl are available now on Bandcamp and iTunes.

The album Synemotion, is a journey through the complex emotional states we experience when we are overwhelmed by concerns and fears – escapist feelings in the song, “Run Away”, anger and frustration in “Rumpus” – wanting to cower and hide in “Subterfuge” – longing and nostaglia in “Elegy” and the experience of disappointment and let-down in the song “Deception”. Finally, letting go and receiving the feeling in the song “Reception” – and the awareness and sensation of irony knowing it will all start over again in the “World of Warcraft”.

The title track, “Synemotion” expresses in words this entire journey from pain and fear to release and hope. But most importantly the song uncovers how we cope with pain, fear, disappointment, depression, embarrassment and futility, it uncovers what actually happens to us, when we are overwhelmed by experience, and with a strange twist of perception, gifts the listener a path out of the darkness and despair, into an even more compelling and complex palette of emotions and sensations. The song gives hope and strength to walk through life even with wounds and disfigurement and have an even greater experience than before.

OH. says about her process:

“I feel excited when I am initially making my music, but when I listen to the first draft, it reminds me of certain experiences that I have had personally – with people around me – circumstances, life itself and everything that has to do with daily things in life — this pain and anger and frustration – I want to resolve it and give an answer to this feeling. So while listening to my initial composition, what I do is pass through this feeling so I know what it is about and I know the story – so the listeners – myself included, can experience the feelings as a sound. I merge the total experience so it is a “known thing” in my composition. By listening and experiencing this sound/feeling in my song, it comes to a resolution and we find peace – the sensations and emotions (synemotion) are resolved by passing through the sound of it and so essentially it gives hope – it’s not like all kinds of music – and is not to be confused with a psychological process – it’s just nice to make people get to know that none of their emotions…sensations and experiences..the “sounds” are not permanent – they come and go..can be passed through as simply as passing through the rhythms and notes of a song – knowing they are not permanent …well this gives hope.”

Her debut release in 2013, Sleeping World, won an international video contest, entered Prog Archives in the Crossover Prog category and was considered one of the top 50 influential events that marked Greece in 2013. Reviewers compared the timbre of her voice to Sharon Den Adel and Anneke Van Giesbergen, others to Happy Rhodes and a cross between Kate bush and Tori Amos. They all emphasized her unique style, as one said, “she defies analysis somewhat as Queensryche” with distinctive sound of her own.

First Reviews of Synemotion

“Something rare and unique about this artist. A young female multi instrumentalist composer and vocalist in the realm of progressive rock. Makes me a bit misty in this day of EDM muzak. Lovely textures throughout, from acoustic guitars, haunting melodies behind the powerful narration. Solid Prog cred on the arrangement, with stellar production value head to toe on sound and image. OH is force to be embraced with gratitude by any ProgArt rock fan, of which I am one.”
Mark Alan Dooley ~ Fluence

Oh. song, Oh. Musician, Oh. music, Oh. Progressive Rock, Oh. Progressive Metal, Oh. Olivia Hadjiioannou, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, Oh

Synemotion

Disc One
Side A
Run Away 03:05
Rumpus 03:18
Subterfuge 03:54

Side B
Elegy 04:01
Deception 03:51

Disc Two
Side A
Reception 04:21
World of Warcraft 03:43

Side B
Beckoning 03:33
Synemotion 03:55

OH.– Acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals

Music, lyrics, recording and mix – OH.
Master: Hlias Lakkas Odeon Studios, Athens, Greece
Video concept, production and editing – OH.

Olivia Hadjiioannou, Ολίβια Χατζηιωάννου, Oh., Press photos, Official Photos, Music, News, Greece, metal, RockMulti-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.

The music video "Red Lion" is presently a winner and official selection in 12 film festivals worldwide. Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019 at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece. Read more in her Bio and EPK

The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.

CD Metallia - Oh. aka Olivia Hadjiioannou

“Metallia” by Oh. is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.

This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.

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