Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits

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Expanding their lineup with a second drummer, Thee Oh Sees are allowed to stretch their sound and release one of their most cosmic, trippiest records yet. As opposed to preceding records, half of these songs are under the 5-minute mark (with one of those songs as an instrumental, anyway), and the title and placing of the third track, “Jammed Entrance,” shifts the album after two of the more song-oriented tracks. But that’s not a mark on “Dead Man’s Gun”, where Dwyer’s staccato vocals contrast with the guitar assault (with the “WOOH” war-cry preceding each one), or “Ticklish Warrior,” which is heavier: Dwyer’s vocals are a shout this time, and distortion drenches the march-like guitar riff. As always with these guys, focus/lose yourself to the sonics: the keyboard blip-melody over the incoming swarm of “Jammed Entrance”, the ringing guitar interval of “Plastic Plant”, “Gelatinous Cube”’s sudden drop into a quieter (but not calmer) section. And the album ends with the longest and slowest tracks: “Crawl Out From the Fall Out” is 8-minutes of thick, psychedelic haze (with backing vocals adding an airiness to Dwyer’s vocals), while the organ-drenched “The Axis” starts on Earth and the ruptured solo (it bleeds) shoots for the stratosphere before crash-landing. Just because they slowed down and stretched out doesn’t make their music any less heavy.

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One response to “Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits

  1. I knew nothing about these people before reading this, but “Just because they slowed down and stretched out doesn’t make their music any less heavy” makes me wanna hear more!

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