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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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5 stars Oceansize - The spearhead of modern art rock.

Oceansize's debut "Effloresce" is a monolith in modern music, blending Alternative, Post Rock and Prog to a refreshing style. There is everything you expect from a modern band. Great melodies, complex time signatures, heavy parts and three guitars. By the way, I think the genre "Space Rock" doesn't fit that good. They should be changed into "Crossover Prog". The album starts with "I am the morning". It is an instrumental song, not that exciting. It is a bit Post rockish, though. "Catalyst" starts with a heavy riff with a mechanical mood. After a while the singing begins, companied with a nice guitar melody. The melody part and the heavy part alternate to create contrast. All in all a very nice track. "One Day this could all be yours" is a bit more experimental with distored vocals and spacey guitar parts. Maybe this is one of the songs why Oceansize is tagged as Space Rock. "Massive Bereavement" is also experimental with a weird feeling. The guitar solo sounds a bit like Tool. "You Wish" starts with a drum intro, later companied with one of the best guitar parts of the album. This is a song you can play to "ordinary" people since it isn't that experimental. "Remember where you are" also starts with a drum intro. And it has also the same overall mood like You Wish. I think it it a bit weaker than You wish. "Amputee" was the single of this album. It starts very rocking. "Women who love men who love drugs" is my favourite song of the album. At the beginning there is an instrumental guitar intro. They add another two guitars to create a very dreamy, post rockish mood. The melody is developed and then it is all crushed by distorted noise by guitars. This part is really great with headphones. After the noise has gone, a really beautiful melody sets in. All in all the best song by Oceansize. "Saturday Morning Breakfast" is in the same vein as Massive Bereavement. So it is a bit more complex and experimental. "Long Forgotten" starts with a guitar melody, companied with a dark contrabass. This is totally special for an Alternative band. They develop the mood with more guitars. A really dignified ending song for such a great album.

If you are a fan of Porcupine Tree, Tool, Dredg, Amplifier, you should get to know Oceansize. Unfortunetaly, Oceansize could not hold this niveau and lost the Post Rock vibe.

Priamus | 5/5 |


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