OCS (Thee Oh Sees)

“Mem­ory of a Cut Off Head” CAS­TLE FACE

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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.

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