IN THE ZONE

Josefin Öhrn

Psychedelia is made possible by the world’s beautiful outsiders breaking down the boundaries of the inner self and exploring their true passion
for expression. The Forumist met up with two pioneering acts of the genre that flowers outside of the popular culture we know today.

During the past few years, psychedelic music has been having a revival all over the world. The sound has grown modern with time, making it less retro and more timeless. Josefin Öhrn and Fredrik Joelson make psychedelic music together as Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, a band that has played mostly in Europe, including the UK.

Joelson, who is wearing a striking green parka when we meet, describes what the band members have in common and the way psychedelia opens up the realm of thought: “We don’t really live within mainstream laws for how you’re supposed to exist in a social system at the moment. What Josefin and I share is that we are in a condition that is constantly dreamlike. The psychedelic boom for me is about living not only in the visible world – the inner reality and invisible aspects are as concrete as anything else.” “It’s from there you get your ideas, musical visions and lyrics,” says Öhrn, agreeing with Joelson’s view of the world. Joelson is very outspoken and eloquent, whereas Öhrn is more thoughtful and reflective. She sees two sides to the psych wave: one being that the boom is a passing hype; the other that the music may turn into a genre of its own.

According to Joelson, psychedelia has grown hugely popular in Europe and the UK and he speculates about why this is the case: “I take it as a sign of people having had enough of the conventional form of materialism. We have come to a point where we can’t arrange our lives exclusively in relation to possessions and material aspects any more. We have to get in contact with our inner selves and that is what the psychedelic is all about – there is a different form of storytelling that isn’t linear.”

The visual effects are a vital part of Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation’s live performances. Their monotone, almost krautrock-like psychedelic sound is brought to another dimension by mind-expanding light shows. Among others, they have worked with light engineer Marcus Karlsson and projectionist Inner Strings, using visually outstanding artistry to create a separate world to step into.

Öhrn also tries to connect clothing with the visual big picture that is a concert experience, which Joelson sees as connecting your inner self with the way you look. When speaking of what she wore for the Whyred shoot for The Forumist, she says she could identify with the garments. “They were things I could wear on stage – it felt like me.” The quite psychedelic Whyred looks would all fit in perfectly in the visual world formed during a Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation concert.

Listen to Josefins playlist

Credits:

Story originaly published on The Forumist

Words by Filip Lindström
Photography by Dan Sjölund
Styling by Maria Barsoum
Special thanks to WHYRED
Hair: Jacob Kajrup at Adamsky 
Make-up: Elva Ahlbin at Adamsky

Artists: Josefin Örhn

Fashion credits:
All by WHYRED.com

STAY UPDATED

Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know of offers, get invites to event and happenings or just get the latest updates for new arrivals.

Name
Email address
Country
Choose list
Events and offers
Latest arrivals and news
LATEST ARTICLES
Hanna Järver

  Swedish singer and producer Hanna Järver has a quality that makes everything she touches turn to gold. Her texts is about scenes from relationships and glimpses of dull everyday-life. […]

Jelly Crystal

Jelly Crystal, or Filip Johnson as he is called when not making music, creates dazzling otherworldly glam-pop. Music that will make you wish that you could jump into his weird […]

Going the distance

While life is in constant progress, dedication is what keeps you grounded and drives you forward. Pale Honey and side effects are two Swedish acts who have moved from one […]

Going the distance

The psychedelic Stockholm quartet side effects started their rise to fame at a very young age, recording and releasing their first record, A Walk in the Space Between Us (2013), […]

STAY UPDATED

Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know of offers, get invites to event and happenings or just get the latest updates for new arrivals.

Name
Email address
Country
Choose list
Events and offers
Latest arrivals and news
SHOPPING BAG