Unsigned bands: often unsigned for a reason. Less often, you fall over when you find out they aren’t signed. I fell over with this one. Oceansize *recently supported The Cooper Temple Clause on the first leg of their nationwide tour and wowed the crowds with their tremendously epic *Incubus-esque noodlings. The Manchester-based quintet smack down those same funky beats on this EP which includes some _ridiculously _lengthy songs.
‘Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs’ is about as long as the title. At over 9 minutes I’m so glad the song didn’t sound like Blur as well as the title. Quiet atmospherics merge into a grandiose offering of caramelly reverberation. The tune is so sublime it just…passes you by. Now imagine a tinkling *guitar and tender tapping of a hi-hat. Sweetly sung vocals lingering and strained screams malingering. This is ‘_Size Of An Ocean_’ – possibly rather incongruously named, as the previous track was far greater in depth and thickness of sound. The crashing guitars and suitable distressed vocals lie just under the surface ready to discharge a *caustic **implosion of cathartic energy upon you.
Oceansize *include a third brilliant song with ‘_Catalyst*_’ and this should be the song to make people sit up. In current musical climes where innovation is of no consequence, this chuggy, soaring, etc song should do it for them. There is still something out there.
10Raziq Rauf's Score