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TEETH OF THE SEA

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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TEETH OF THE SEA is a band from North London mixing up psychedelic, space and post rock elements. Mike Bourne (bass, synthesizer), John Hirst (drums), Jimmy Martin (guitar) and Sam Barton (trumpet) were deeply inspired by a 2006 Wolf Eyes gig in Islington and decided to make experimental music together furthermore.

Sci-fi novels and movies, for example Philip K. Dick's 'Blade Runner', serve as the basis for their ideas. The songs have a cinematic vibe, are hypnotic, spacey soundscapes. Exceptional is the use of a trumpet which adds a special jazzy note here and there. After the release of their 2009 debut album 'Orphaned By The Ocean' on Rocket Recordings John Hirst left the band, to be replaced by Mat Colegate.

They toured with Oneida, Gnod and Thought Foms, had appearances on several festivals and released the twenty-four-minute 'Hypnoticon' EP in January 2010. Their second full album, 'Your Mercury' saw the light of day the same year in November.

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4.20 | 5 ratings
Orphaned By The Ocean
2009
4.00 | 7 ratings
Your Mercury
2010
4.20 | 33 ratings
Master
2013

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3.98 | 3 ratings
Hypnoticum
2010

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 Master by TEETH OF THE SEA album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.20 | 33 ratings

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Master
Teeth Of The Sea Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

5 stars Sometimes my affinity for terrific album art leads me to some really strange places. Sometimes these strange places are disappointing or downright terrible. Then, however, there are the times when I discover not only a new band, but a whole new style that I really enjoy. Teeth of the Sea are one such band. Their new album "Master" has had me transfixed for a little while now, as they embed stunning, raw elements into their electronic style.

You read that correctly. Teeth of the Sea are labeled as psychedelic rock, but in reality they are more like an electronic post rock or post metal. There certainly is a psychedelic element here as lots of spacey keyboard atmospheres appear. On the other hand, we also get some really high-tuned guitar work that is so emotional and so hypnotizing. It always comes in at the right moment to hit that emotional trigger in your brain. Most of the soundscape here is electronic, however. But, this band also makes excellent use of horns. They are used in a way I've never heard, and I just love it. The horns become a foundational aspect of the music quite often, as they form grooves and melodies with ease.

As I mentioned, Teeth of the Sea have much in common with post rock. This means that many of the song structures are long, slow, arcing affairs that climax near the end with breath-taking results. This plodding pace can certainly be a weakness at times, or so I thought. What I've really discovered here is that Teeth of the Sea knows what they are doing. Everything on this album is perfectly placed, and superbly crafted. This band performs this climactic structural style with a finesse and a grace that I'm not sure I've heard elsewhere. Layers upon layers of sound converge, ebbing and flowing to the rhythm. And that's what "Master" is really all about, isn't it? It's about rhythm, melody, and vibe all set to a soundscape describing the uselessness of humanity. Touching, right?

So, with the sci-fi themes, the amazing cover art, and the sweeping auras of sound; Teeth of the Sea have created a masterpiece that is all their own. Their electronic style is part of a genre that rarely agrees with me, but this band has managed to create an album that appeals to me in every way.

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 Master by TEETH OF THE SEA album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.20 | 33 ratings

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Master
Teeth Of The Sea Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by R-A-N-M-A

5 stars I have been dying for this one to hit the site. I picked it up on Bandcamp last week and have been listening to it almost nonstop. I even made my first dabble into the world of vinyl. I liked it so much; I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity.

I, probably like most people, had never heard of Teeth of the Sea. I've since checked out their back catalogue. Pretty solid and certainly more conventional psychedelic stuff and I'll be sure to give it the attention it deserves once my devotion to Master has subsided.

So what is Master? Well for starters, I am not sure whether it is a concept album or not. It is largely instrumental and what vocals there are, are often distorted or highly esoteric. Not surprising given the nature of the genre. There are a few passages repeated throughout, but in large part each track is perfectly capable of standing on its own. That said however, the wall the pieces fit together as a whole suggest a much greater thematic relationship. I'd agree that it is one on that basis.

Master is my first brush with seriously industrial music and I've found myself liking in considerably more that I imagined I would. The tone of the album is incredibly dark, the beats are rhythmic and mechanistic and everything is cold. What little brightness there is comes from the trumpet, but that too is distorted, tarnished and faded into the mix. The trumpet itself is actually a mainstay of the band, not a tack on. I was surprised. It seems to me a very curious fixture for an industrial album, but it works. Overall, I would compare the style of Master to that of Welcome to the Machine (my favourite track), by Pink Floyd. Save for the up tempo and adroit delivery. The menace is there though, right down to machine sounds, I'll be it with a little more horsepower.

I liked this album from the heavily distorted vocal German introduction to the final fade out. Teeth of the Sea's previous work is much less electronic than Master. They managed to find an excellent heterogeneous mix here though. Along the way the band manages to cross the vast distances between death metal and club music and somehow make it feel coherent. My favourite track is the closer, Responder, which errs on the electronic side, but it is the most upbeat (relatively speaking) track and it clears the air after the weight of Master very nicely.

I would be totally remiss giving this album anything less than five out of five, so I will do just that. I recommend it highly to psychedelic fans and fans of dark ambient music. Metal fans should also enjoy this, but not in the same way you would Iron Maiden. Really though, this impressively diverse and immaculately assembled album is truly essential in my mind. Highly recommend, and timely, if you are looking to go high concept this Halloween.

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 Hypnoticum by TEETH OF THE SEA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.98 | 3 ratings

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Hypnoticum
Teeth Of The Sea Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I have not heard yet the long players of this London-based experimental quartet, but this EP gives promising signals from their futuristic tonal palette. Modern synthesizer sounds illuminate sharp cosmic visions I have currently heard from the records of Space Mirrors and Hawkwind, these songs staying in more restrained atmospheric creation and taking maybe more distant vantage point to the celestial adorations, leaving the intensity of heavy rock presence in space thrusting capsules for others. The longest main composition "The Island Is" astonishes with its tame meditative relaxation, sonic abstractions flowing quietly past the listener, and offering a fine soothing moment in cosmic peace. Sam Barton's trumpet is also allowed for beautiful solo moment, the cool horn sound fitting very well to the digital sound basis. A certain motivator to listen the longer recordings also if found.

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 Hypnoticum by TEETH OF THE SEA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.98 | 3 ratings

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Teeth Of The Sea Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars If someone ever might have doubts about the cosmic essence of TEETH Of THE SEA's music ... this EP will resolve them all. Okay, they have a trumpet player in the line-up, which is unusual for this genre of course. And Sam Barton is called into action here too, that's true ... not a dominant aspect though, exceptional so much the more. So it all starts with impressions which were taken right In The Space Capsule - chirping synths and relaxed echoing guitars initiate while soon tribal drums come in. By and by the dramaturgy increases when the capsule seems to run into danger. Finally they reach for some haviness in the vein of Hawkwind.

While fading into the following Hypnoticon Viva I'm quite sure this has been recorded in one go - synth and guitar arrangements are brilliant, a lively bass on top of it ... this reminds me of Tribe Of Cro. The Island Is completes the song triple and they change to a relaxed gliding mood with Pink Floyd guitars and ambient sound patterns in the back. The trumpet serves a jazzy note, comparable to Alien Planetscapes. As for the compositional aspect not a challenge really but nicely put in any case. According to my taste TEETH Of THE SEA deliver an essential space prog EP here - genre fans can easily go for this.

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