Album Review: Thee Oh Sees – ‘A Weird Exits’

Album Review: Thee Oh Sees – ‘A Weird Exits’

Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits
(Castle Face)

Only a few things have remained constant for Thee Oh Sees since their inception in 1997, and that’s their unclassifiable sound. Despite constant line up changes and alterations of their name, across 15+ albums now, the assaulting and sonically challenging psyche and prog has been anything but typical and this time it unfolds with 2 drummers on hand.

Though it’s only 8 songs, Thee Oh Sees make every moment count with the distortion and sprawling guitar riffs we’ve come to expect, and the 3 man rhythm section yields an even more engaging collision of noise, power and loud, dynamic rhythms that reach into sludge-rock territory but can also retreat to spacey, ambient moods. It’s a sly lo-fi meets garage/psyche hybrid unlike anything else you’ll hear, that can both sound like the musical equivalent of a steamroller pummeling you and also hypnotize you with ethereal, mysteriousness. These guys can seemingly do no wrong, and a second album from this recording session will also drop in 2016.

Purchase the album here.

4-stars

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