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HOLLOW BRANCHES

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Multinational project HOLLOW BRANCHES was formed in 2005, when US composer and instrumentalist Robert Osgood was introduced to Norwegian composer and instrumentalist Marius Sjølie. Based on separate sides of the Atlantic Ocean this creative duo have assembled two EPs and one full length production so far. Hardly ever meeting in person, and with both of them working on this project in between tenures with multiple other bands and projects.

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3.64 | 5 ratings
Okanagana Waves
2012

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Words Are Fire
2009
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Anchored in Sleep
2009

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3.64 | 5 ratings

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Okanagana Waves
Hollow Branches Crossover Prog

Review by AstralliS

4 stars I have to admit that it's somehow unusually pleasant feeling when you don't know which genre label to use in order to tag someone's music, no matter if the band already did this job for you. Hollow Branches is a two-man project comprised of guitarist, vocalist and percussionist Robert Osgood from Portland, Oregon and Marius Sjøli, a guitar player, pianist and organist from Oslo, Norway.

Now, to return to the opening statement of this review, the guys use to tag their work as ambient rock, what is not wrong comparing to the content on the record, but you have to be careful when taking their orientation for considering. Not like I am trying to mess up things additionally, but what's behind of Okanagana Waves is a good example how simple and complex fit each other.

After two EPs in 2009, Words are Fire and Anchored in Sleep (recorded with the assistance of Jason Walton (Agalloch) on bass), with Okanagana Waves these men manage to broaden their influential spectre adding plenty of new elements in the structure. Not to forget to mention, the bass lines for OW were provided by Mathew Kennedy of Phideaux.

Speaking of influences, these fellas mention Talk Talk, David Sylvian, Landberk, Sigur Ros, Nick Cave, Van Der Graaf Generator, to name but a few. Maybe that's why I wrote above to be careful when thinking of ambient rock. Exploring themes as diverse as anxiety, slepticism and the indifferent beauty of nature, Hollow Branches comes as a bond between two diametrically different parts.

The overall impression of Okanagana Waves is that it's filled with easy going soundwalls, with a steady pace provided by deep atmospherics, hypnotizing vocals, piercing sounds of the organ and dreamy acoustic guitar and piano passages. Take ?new" Anathema and give it a progressively darker note, maybe you'll get what I am talking about.

The title track features T.E. Moore of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, who provided a recording of an Okanagana Bella cicada (also known as Mountain Cicada). The most notable parts of the album besides the title track come in the shape of the opening number Rumor the Past, the most dynamic Pareidolia, Travelers and the closing piece Afterward, which shines in all its glory by employed piano, organ and cello.

The album's seance-like flow is probably what makes this record stands out. If you find yourself behind these lines, Okanagana Waves has a great potential to become one of the albums you return to on a regular base.

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