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HOME & MINOR

Oceansize

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.65 | 42 ratings

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TCat
5 stars Home & Minor is simply a 35 minute EP of music which is showcasing a more experimental and mellower side of the amazing band Oceansize. I have become a full-time fan of this band and their style of post-rock and heavy prog. This is one of the most innovative bands out there, and with this EP, they for the most part leave behind their heavier edge to produce what is not necessarily and acoustic album, but a spacier, softer and yet adventurous EP.

There were plans to release an EP like this from as early as their initiation as a band. It was an attempt to win over those adventurous music lovers that don't like so much feedback and heaviness in their music, yet still love the innovation that the band has been known to explore. This little EP is a beautiful representation of the band's genius. I love it just as much as their full albums and the only regret I have is that it isn't longer. But I am sure a lot of fans would have been outraged because of the lack of dynamics in the music. That is not true with me, I love the variety and tone of this album and consider it as good as their albums.

Any of these songs would have been good enough for inclusion on any of their full albums, and they would not have taken away from them. It was the decision of the band though, to feature them on their own. Maybe there was a fear that these gems would have been swallowed up in the fierceness of their typical music, though the band is always known to show their sensitive side in various places throughout their albums too.

Immediately, with "Legal Teens", you hear a difference in the typical intensity of the music. This one, to me, is the most subdued as far as standing out. A good song, but mostly a good introduction to the EP and the tone is set in this track. "Getting to Where Water Cannot" is bigger standout and the emotion in this song is very evident. This track proves that you don't have to be loud and extreme in dynamics to be powerful and beautiful. It ventures into some nice jazz territory with interesting chords and movement. This is a great example of the band's genius. "Monodrones" is a short instrumental which is based on a drone and beautiful swirling guitars, which I find very ambient and relaxing. It sets the mood for the best track coming next which is the title track "Home & Minor" which features some lovely harmonics and even has a nice build up which features brass instruments which are a rarity in t Oceansize's music. This is a beautiful track. Another 3 minute instrumental follows which flows along nicely and then the EP is wrapped up with another 8 minute track with subdued vocals, background voices and swirling guitar and vibes.

It is hard to describe where this music takes me, but I love it and find it as strong as any of their albums. I love their intensity in their albums, but I feel that intensity in this EP also even if the music is softer and explorative. I continue to hold my stance that I believe this is one of the best bands in Prog rock in this era and I think they are completely underrated in the music world. People should be listening to this music. Of course, this EP is not indicative of their usual style, but it makes a great place to come when you feel like music that is dreamy and lovely, yet still amazing. Most reviewers have been giving this lower ratings because of it's change of intensity, but I listen to it and still find a masterpiece of prog rock. Harmonics, textures and beauty abound in this recording and I don't hesitate to give it 5 stars. I keep thinking I'll find a recording by this band that I won't consider essential, but I continue to be amazed by the band and their music.

TCat | 5/5 |

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