Famed world over  as both psychlords and punks, it's good to see Demian Castellanos' band The Oscillation back in business. It's their fifth LP and you better believe it when we tell you it comprises two songs, twenty minutes each, leaning in on Castellanos' solo approach to electronica and kosmische. Less groove, more groan, as U.E.F. takes his band to challenging new places.
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This month’s Robert Pollard Award For Outstanding Work In The Field Of Prolificity goes to Demian Castellanos, who’s gone from releasing his second record of solo drone materials to putting out another record of psychedelic swirl as frontman of the Oscillation. His band’s playful, tectonically shifting jams are here stretched into the longest of forms with two twenty-minute belters that shimmy sounds in and around dramatica motorik motion. Hell. It’s a pantomime of noise.
This might stand as some of the squelchiest Oscillation work yet: amidst the wah and bouncy tick-tock bass groove of “Flight Sequence” there lie shrill keys and whirring noise effects, all of it coalescing into a super silly, ever-grinning mess that’s perpetuated by a sensible rhythm that sounds like it’s vouching for its drunk friends. The record’s b-side and title track is another soundscape broken loose, slowly drummed up out of its early, shiny meditations into a freak out that takes all the tension built up and collapses into a simmer. Taking a few elements of what make his solo experiments so darn good, Castellanos invigorates his band just that little bit.
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