Look around you. The state of the world is utter rubbish. Glimpses of hope peer out from the obscuring muck, but there needs to be more. The world needs More Peace And Harmony. Thankfully, in the cheesiest segue on record since Dean Kamen had a disastrous dinner party experiment, we bring the solution: More Peace And Harmony by Oohlala. We’ve raved about this collection before in the past, in particular regarding the track The Kindness Of Strangers, and we’re pleased to report that it’s been going gangbusters across the Northern Hemisphere lately. Whether it be Mexico, USA, Canada or the UK, this album is bringing some peace and harmony to all the kind strangers who have helped get this snowball rolling, and is seeing significant numbers of play in those regions. This goes to show that Key Loch’s efforts in remastering Oohlala’s unique sound are just what the doctor ordered.
After all, Key Loch have been remixing like crazy lately, alongside their usual mix magician, Gabe Rizza! They’ve been giving fresh new takes on classic hits from many talented artists, but Oohlala in particular has definitely been catching their attention. When this classic Sydney band and Key Loch are combined, the sky is the limit, as you’ll see with Key Loch’s remaster of the iconic track!
With a title lovingly borrowed from Tennessee Williams’ classic A Streetcar Named Desire, you can hear some of the melancholy of the original work in this track. Except perhaps we would hope that Oohlala doesn’t receive the malevolent “kindness” from DuBois’ tragedy! This track was originally from Peace And Harmony, and was remastered via More Peace & Harmony.
The twangy backing melody and thrumming strings march along with the beat, like a tired endurance run. Fitting, as Oohlala describe how they’re “holding out” to be “shown the way back home”. It’s a sad song but not without a twinge of plucky bravery and determination in the face of daunting odds. It’s the kind of melancholy that may even prove to be uplifting if you’re in a similar circumstance! Maybe the kind strangers in your life that will help you back home are Oohlala and their inspirational work? Either way, the sound is crisper than ever and Key Loch/Gabe have done an absolutely incredible job in restoring it and bringing it to life! Just check out the original and compare the two!
Key Loch’s remaster could have been played yesterday and you’d never know, the quality is pristine. Sadly, it wasn’t played yesterday, far from it. Oohlala unfortunately called it a day back in 2012, but with new digital remasters of all their most popular tracks on the horizon, this cult hit is gonna hit you where it counts, in the 2020s and beyond! The kindness of Key Loch restoring the work of another band that they love has allowed whole new digital audiences to enjoy Oohlala all over again… the way back home isn’t so far away for Oohlala after all.
Since the last time we covered this track, a whole new online audience has gravitated towards More Peace & Harmony as well as the album’s most popular song. We definitely have Key Loch’s remastering efforts to thank for this, as well as the fortunate fact that we live in the online space in which we do today. Oohlala are taking off beyond their early start in Sydney and have transcended even beyond when the band decided to call it. The magic of the internet lies in its capacity for preservation and quality enhancement such as with the process of remastering songs… and you can clearly see here how well that’s worked out for both Key Loch and Oohlala. Though they may have been strangers when Oohlala were in their prime back in the day, this trans-temporal kindness has carried both of them very far, and we’ll be sure to keep more of an eye on this collaboration as time marches on. Who knows what new heights it could climb to out of nowhere?!
Check out the Oohlala website at www.oohlala.net.au, and download the track at iTunes and other major music retailers like it. Or of course, there’s all the major streaming services too! Either method is fine for getting a juicy taste of the brand new remaster, as well as the original version. Never mind the ongoing debates about digital piracy and the future of music, the four lads of Oohlala intend to fully uphold the true virtues of rock’n’roll… fun, loose and loud and a sound sympathetic to all beating hearts and dreaming minds. There’s plenty of it, across both of their Spotify profiles, as well as across all other major online streaming services and retailers. And with this excellent remaster in our arsenal, there’s only one thing left to say: Let there be rock.
Oohlala are a Blue Pie Records USA artist and published by Blue Pie Publishing USA (ASCAP)
Key Loch are Damien Reilly and Justin Gross. They are the founders of the 90’s power Aussie Rock Band Southpaw www.southpawmuzik.com. They bring together a production history between them of 50 years of song writing and playing live music in Australia, and Gabe Rizza also has an equally impressive amount of experience with music mixing and management, and has proven time and again that he is an asset to the duo.. The future is bright and Key Loch are wearing shades as they unlock the musical doors of your mind and fill it full of awesome tracks like this. This is the beginning of something amazing and the world can never have enough of GREAT music.
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