Mojo (UK)

Oh Sees

Orc CASTLE FACE. CD/DL/LP

- Andrew Perry

Minus ‘Thee’, the ’Frisco garage-Krautists’ outside-the-boxing intensifie­s. Post-nomenclatu­re reduction, John Dwyer’s prolific quartet appear to be releasing just this one album in 2017, wisely merging the distinct impulses on last year’s two studio outings. Opener The Static God is a hurtling psych-pop gem, ’67 Floyd for post-millennial altpunk heads, while Animated Violence doles out Melvins-y grunge. Fourth up, however, Keys To The Castle left-turns at 2:20 from regulation hi-speed nuttiness into a gorgeous six-minute drift of Rhodes piano, undulating feedback and viola drone – mind-frazzling! From there, anything can happen, and does: slinky Jettison resounds with Houses Of The Holy-era Zep riffage; Raw Optics closes out with a Can-ish funky twin-drummer deconstruc­tion. Dwyer’s crew are oft-cited as the world’s most exciting live rock band; they’re also making some of its most exciting rock records.

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It tolls for thee: Oh Sees’ John Dwyer channels his inner orc.
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