Indecent Digit: FAMILY FUN TIME: Music the Size of an Ocean

Thursday, February 02, 2006

FAMILY FUN TIME: Music the Size of an Ocean

OCEANSIZE: Everyone Into Position 8/10

Slowly, the idea of prog rock is creeping back into popular music acceptance, and I couldn't be happier. Nowhere is it more rapidly spreading, it seems, than in the "underground" music scenes in the US and UK. Bands like Cave-In, Mars Volta, Aloha, and Dredg are letting their obvious love for acts like Genesis and Dream Theatre shine through unashamed. Next week the second full length from Britain's Oceansize, Everyone Into Position, will arrive on US shores, and I for one welcome it with open arms.

Taking the best bits from classic space rock bands like Pink Floyd and combining them with newer metal acts like Tool and shoegazers like Slowdive, Oceansize has managed to develop a sound all their own. Though they are reminiscent of acts like Porcupine Tree or other "progressive" metal acts in their use of expansive melodies and complex arrangements, they manage to maintain catchy hooks and avoid too much pretension. The layered guitars, multi-tracked vocals and orchestrated walls of sounds are all backed up by tricky time signatures and artful composition. Everyone Into Position takes all the promise from their debut album, Effloresce, and pushes it forward. It manages to be heavier, more epic, and somehow more immediately accessible. Though it is certainly not for everyone, anyone who likes complexity and depth in their music should certainly give this album a listen.

Release Date: 02.07.2006

Tracks to check out:
“Heaven Alive”
“Music For A Nurse”
“Ornament/The Last Wrongs”

Oceansize
Beggars Banquet

2 Comments:

Blogger LGG said...

And it's not even out yet! Too bad i only have one day to save up :(

3:48 PM  
Blogger Mr. Biscuits said...

you could always send a spindle of cd-r's to NC.....

9:23 PM  

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