Thee Oh Sees take a slight break from their constant forward motion by adding something to a previous release: An Odd Entrances is to be considered as a sister album to A Weird Exits. Dwyer and co here explore the flipside to their usual frantic garage thrashings, with a set of calmer tracks full of cellos and flutes. Gorgeous as ever of course. On Castle Face, naturally.
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Thee Oh Sees II: Still Seeing. On this companion piece, The Band With Two Drummers attempt to supplement their most recent and most fiery record with something like introspection, if not quite a facsimile of it. This record soaks in atmosphere in a way this band of perpetual motion miscreants would usually turn their nose up at -- we saw the odd hint of rumination on ‘A Weird Exits’, but this record is a lovely mix of psychedelic slow jams and gorgeous acoustic arrangements.
“The Poem” is by Thee Oh Sees, though? Listen to the strings swell and the heart melt -- with a lovely guitar pattern at its fore, it expands outward into one of their lushest pieces, a folkloric stargazer for lovely films. “Jammed Exit” dubs up the beat and lets flutes flounder about the place in a way most Jonathan Kelly, wrapping the pastoral elements around the band’s general garage rawk experiment.
There are some moments that more directly call back to Thee Oh Sees’ fluorescent guitar pop music, as on “Unwrap The Fiend Pt. 1”, which is basically just one long collation of a very nice guitar… ‘lick’. There’s no doubt, though, that this is a sideways glance for the band, a chance to wrack the unused corners of their brains for some very lovely excursions. Sorta like when you heard Deerhunter splice it another way on ‘Weird Era Cont.’ after the forward-thinking ‘Microcastle’.
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