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- From Tomorrow by The Oscillation
9/10 Brian Staff review, 27 September 2013
There's so much psychedelia and spacerock around these days I constantly feel like I'm on drugs man. Now Loop have reformed there's no escape, The Heads were once the un-coolest band in the UK, now they're the coolest. Too cool to play a country that once shunned them and laughed like schoolgirls at their hoary Hawkwind-meets-Sonic Youth style. They is having the last laugh Mum.
I don't get subjected to as much as the other office boys and girls as I'm only present some of the time, usually after twilight, but the other Sunday when I was wrenching endless vinyl off the shelves and into boxes in my usual grumpy and perplexed manner, I kept on getting distracted by a CD I'd put on and going back into the office to remind myself what it was (around three times this occurred).
Well, blow me down the river if it's not the new Oscillation album. I thought these dudes were more electronic as their debut was on Depth Charge's label. No, this sodding rocks big time! Soak up the scuzzy tripped-out ceilings of guitar, feedback-drenched walls. Try not to get lost in the luxuriant post-shoegaze carpet. Nod along to the heady bass patterns spattering the skirting boards. Those big excitable rolling widescreen drums! This record totally s-l-a-m-s it.
There's vocals too, the style varies from brief utterance to dreamy Mark Gardener drift to S3-esque drugged out 'n' lairy mantra. 'From Tomorrow' doesn't really need lyrics as the music punches above its weight in sonic intensity, each song sounds like a great lost tune from a band you will most probably really like.
There's strong hints of many revered acts such Dead Skeletons, Wooden Shjips, Ride...the aforementioned Heads...but the quality and sonic impact throughout elevates this third album far beyond pastiche. The tunes are varied enough to appeal to a lot of different psych-lovers but 'FT' is undoubtedly a very cohesive listen, a beautifully segued album! It's also quite tribal in places, like on the mesmerising tracks 'All You Want to Be' and 'Descent' - there's even a lovely playful organ in there someplace!
This is definitely an album I don't care to pick apart track by track, It's such a blast from beginning to end and comes complete with a solid punchy atmospheric production that will either get you dancing in your room or staple you to the sofa in alarm. Get involved, it's the only option I'm afraid.
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