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Simon Steensland



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4 stars Complicated, dissonant, and non-straightforward sound structural reform should get to be a unified temptation with enough fermentation and maturation. We are definitely in trouble with what we say for this creation, but it's obvious this album is splendid. "Oscillospira" released in 2020 is one of the most listener-friendly albums, let me say. Such a quite colourful, diverse melodic / rhythmic world created by JG THIRLWELL and Simon STEENSLAND would catch our heart completely, not catchy nor easy to digest though. Difficult to find what is the acceptable element, but their soundscape like water flowing should be important. Every single track is a bit long but it's kinda fascination we cannot feel the length itself via this album. Their brilliant performance full of unification should be the key morphological point.

From the beginning of the first shot "Catholic Deceit" we are drenched in smooth but hypertensive sound material. Impressive, innovative is the horn-section-originated hard-edged sound steppin'. It's pretty emergent and energetic. The opening gives us a suggestion where to go, but we MUST get deceived soon. Please touch the following "Heron" flooded with crazy avantgarde chamber vibes combined with metallic havoc, and get driven into madness. "Night Shift" is sorta combination of heaviness, darkness, and quietness. Strong impression through wind-instrument- oriented jazzy, deep structure in the former part gradually shifts dark but dreamy quietness ... this modification is enjoyable. "Papal Stain" has more unstable but gorgeous, beautiful psychedelia seasoned with synthesizer-based starshine sounds and excessively dignified lines that remind us of the similarity to King Crimson. "Heresy Flank" featuring JG's lyrical voices and Simon's percussive sound creatures is theatrical and dramatic. Wondering always why they can play such a tough movement in a precise manner, and no suspicion we are immersed in this precision by them. In "Mare" bright but weird strain atmosphere is standing face to face with explosive sound dissection. What a tension. "Crystal Night" is produced with twisted violin sounds and irregular but supportive synthesizer background. Quite tingling sensation it launches, regardless of the shortest one in this album. The last "Redbug" filled with kaleidoscopic melodic development like "they are putting upon their last spurt, to be all over" can be very suitable for the epilogue of this artistic opus.

We can feel apparent temptation via this stuff. A long and great journey.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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