Acres Of Ocean - Untitled EP.

Thanks to Sam for the CD. Young band from Aldridge, not afraid to play long and complex songs, the two on this CD weighing in at over 13 minutes. Watch out Opeth, Porcupine Tree and Muse there's an interloper in town...

  1. Cymatics. Minimalist guitar opening before the full band kicks in and fills out an already solid opening riff. Quickly returns to more laid back style, the dynamics are truly wonderful. Vocals are clear and make a pleasant change from the horde of screaming/cookie monster vocalists out there. Has a dreamy almost psychedelic feel overall. During the heavier sections the guitars counterpoint well. Stunningly executed, there's a lot going on here but it's dealt with effortlessly.
  2. Oceanic. Subdued opening again, has a classic era Bends/OK Computer Radiohead feel. Has an ethereal quality, delicate and minimal but is still very involving at the same time. Chord sequences are angular and unusual, really shouldn't work but they do. Guitars get heavier towards the end, effortlessly powerful and underpinned by interesting basswork and solid drumming. A quieter song overall, still expertly handled.
OK so I've been buzzing since hearing them live and this EP works equally well. Good in the studio and incredible live it's only a matter of time before they are signed. They blend modern prog and technical rock very well and have a justified, but never arrogant, swagger to their work. The CD is well produced and showcases their abilities as both songwriters and musicians. Need to see them live again soon, I'm chomping at the bit for a copy of their new CD which should be looming nearer. The sky is the limit for these fellas and I wish them every success for the future



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