Oceaán's breathy, emotive and melodramatic electro-pop shines through on new EP The Grip, which yields with its gorgeous, palatable synthwork at the same time as its beats pound forwards. Oceaán has made The Grip loud and proud but with minimalism in the back of his mind.
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- The Grip EP by Oceaan
Get that extra 'a' in lads. Let's not mix you up with all the people googling to try and find out what an ocean is. Comments on the Soundcloud for this suggest people think this like 'FUCKINGyeah' when listening but my only thought on playing the opening 'Grip' is WHAT FUCKING SPEED IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE AT?
The correct speed reveals an awkward slice of limp/garage with vocals pitched so high it actually hurts the ears. Otherwise not bad. Apart from the jerkiness. That damn jerkiness. 'Veritas' has a more standard vocal delivery, the music stops/starts cuts in and out. It's possibly quite inventive but I'm finding it profoundly irritating. What we have here is a smoother, more dancefloor orientated James Blake. These people know how to chop and splice some smooth sounds on Logic but until final track 'At Your Feet' the listener is never considered.... and even then they are forced to listen to voices pitch shifted up/down/inside/out. As the song drifts to a halt, they stop choppin' and I'm starting to enjoy the heartfelt electro-pop. But its too late. These clever sods are just too damn up their own plug ins.
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