Mary Ocher is back in North America with her new album "The West Against The People" and its companion release "Faust Studio Sessions", following a European release tour of 20 countries.
Mary has been persistently creating passionate, uncompromising work, raw, thought provoking, socially and creatively pushing against the current, dealing with subjects of authority, identity and conflict. Her work is as enchanting as it is polarizing, ranging from traditional folk to raw 60s garage, ambient with ethereal vocals and abstract synths, to experimental pop with African and South American rhythms, when accompanied by her drummers.
"The West Against The People" was released on the German label Klangbad in spring 2017 and recorded with Hans Joachim Irmler of Krautrock pioneers Faust. It features solo tracks, as well as tracks with her two drummers Your Government, and elusive cult legends Die Tödliche Doris and Felix Kubin. It also features an essay elaborating on the themes of the album and analyzing the current sociopolitical climate*. The album is currently in its second edition, it was hailed by the British music press and featured in various "Best of 2017" lists.
The additional 10" vinyl "Faust Studio Sessions and Other Recordings" (a co-release of Klangbad with Swedish label Sing A Song Fighter) features additional collaborations with cello player Julia Kent and German experimental artist Hans Unstern. A special tape edition for the tour is released on Related Records. Her previous solo release was produced by Canadian Psych Rock&Roll guru King Khan.
“One of the best albums of the year”
- FACT Magazine