OCEANSIZE

(UNITED KINGDOM)

EFFLORESCE

(2003)
LABEL:

BEGGARS BANQUET

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Experimental
"With this "Effloresce", a real digest of ingenuity, Oceansize has already established itself as an outstanding band with a very assertive personality."
HYPERUNKNOWN (24.11.2010)  
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At the dawn of its five years of existence, a time spent searching for a clear musical direction, Oceansize, a stage name chosen in homage to the title 'Ocean Size' taken from 'Nothing's Shocking' by Jane's Addiction, one of its major influences, released 'Effloresce', its first album. It's always impressive to see how a band can assert a personality from the very beginning that will make it a success. It is perhaps thanks to a large number of influences that leave a trace in the band's imagination that this particularity comes paradoxically from Cardiacs, Tool, Pink Floyd or Radiohead.

Oceansize are masters at merging ethereal atmospheres and unbridled power, while bathing the whole thing in an almost permanent nervousness. The wall of three guitars and their effects pedals are clearly a part of this. However, compared to their following productions, "Effloresce" seems less delirious, less avant-garde even (with the possible exception of 'Massive Bereavement' and 'You Wish').

Already produced at the time by Chris Sheldon (Therapy?, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro,...), this first opus is a digest of ingenuity showing a pronounced taste for transversal styles. It's hard not to fall in ecstasy at the strength of conviction of 'I Am The Morning' or 'Amputee'. On the other hand, there is the phlegm of 'Long Forgotten' and its strings or the Trip Hop 'One Day All This Could be Yours'.

With tracks averaging well over six minutes, Oceansize already have all the assets of an outstanding band. "Effloresce" is a superb creation, but it is only a draft of their masterpiece, 'Everyone Into Position', album that will follow two years later.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. I Am The Morning - 04:18
02. Catalyst - 06:40
03. One Day All This Could be Yours - 04:19
04. Massive Bereavement - 09:59
05. Rinsed - 03:58
06. You Wish - 06:00
07. Remember Where You are - 05:22
08. Amputee - 05:32
09. Unravel - 02:50
10. Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs - 08:30
11. Saturday Morning Beakfast Show - 09:04
12. Long Forgotten - 08:57

LINEUP:
Gambler: Guitares
Jon Ellis: Basse / Claviers
Mark Heron: Batterie
Mike Vennart: Chant / Guitares
Steve Durose: Chant / Guitares
   
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