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Oh Sees - Orc

Oh Sees - Orc

Record of the week is Orc, the new long player from John Dwyer's Oh Sees... and how could it be anything else right?!

It's the first new material since our 2016 Record of the Year, A Weird Exits, (and it's equally bitchin' companion release An Odd Entrance) and the band's 19th album in one form or another of Thee, The, Oh Sees. For those converted, they clearly have not downed tools and fly out of the traps with another pummelling and deeply addictive set of riffs and screams. Anyone stumbling on the band for the first time (where have you been?) then it has all of their trademarks, with a brilliantly tight rhythm giving Dwyer all the room he needs to lead the band like a psychedelic whirlwind.

There are some subtle skews towards electronic bleeps and drones (somewhere close to his solo work as Damaged Bug) and the way it's integrated is a marker of the band's peerless abilities right now. Love it.