August 2015 National Music Reviews

Review: Bobo – Smoke In The Elevator

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Bobo Smoke in the Elevator

 

Bobo
Smoke In The Elevator

Hel Audio
Street: 05.20
Bobo = Cults + Grimes / Yumi Zouma

Kari Jørgensen’s debut as Bobo paints her as a pop mistress with an appeal and mystique that’s immediately present. Jørgensen’s voice plays a unique role in this process as an entity that’s familiar yet distinct at the same time. Her vocal appeal can be heard on the acoustic project, The Boy Who Could Fly, but Jørgensen has found her niche with the airy-synth landscape of Smoke In The Elevator. The album highlight, “Turn Around,” is a tender plea for a guiding hand that has stuck with me for days. On it, Jørgensen gently beckons, “Someday you’re gonna have to grow old, but I need you to lead the way. I feel like you know the way.” Jørgensen’s words, a simple piano melody and background harmonies create an atmosphere so sincere, it’s humbling. Smoke In The Elevator is another hit in Hel Audio’s catalogue, establishing them as the most progressive record label in Utah. –Justin Gallegos