OCS (Thee Oh Sees)
“Memory of a Cut Off Head” CASTLE FACE
NOVEMBER 17 – It is easy to forget that initially, OCS was a rather hushed affair. Quiet to the point of whispered in the wind, buffeted by the airy whirr of singing saw, soft and strange. Since then of course, things got gradually louder, faster, crazier... the band evolved into the Oh Sees everyone knows. For the 20th Oh Sees release, 100th Castle Face title, and 20th year doing it, Dwyer reexamines the quieter roots of it all in particularly baroque and homesteadly fashion. Memory Of A Cut Off Head was co-written with longtime collaborator and vocal counterpoint Brigid Dawson in Dwyer’s home studio. There’s beautifully executed strings throughout, courtesy of Heather Lockie’s fine arrangements, horn arrangements courtesy of Mikal Cronin, and they even brought back the old saw—Patrick Mullins, that is—on saw and electronics. A return and a refinement of old forms, a few solemn meditations on life lived at high velocity, perhaps a respite from it…a softer side of JPD and distinguished company.