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The Ocean and the Sun

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TSOAF once again unleash their experimental blend of progressive-electronic-hardcore rock. Known only by their animal names – Nightingale, Walrus, Lynx, and Skunk – and wearing masks for their rare live appearances, TSOAF have released two albums. Their latest offers a more intense mix of genres, as delicate Brazilian-inflected melodies careen into shattering guitar and drum workouts. RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Circa Survive, Mars Volta, Thursday.

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  • The musical genius in these collaborations are so amazing that everyone should listen at least once. Experience excellence!

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Simply put – this album is not experimental enough for me. After being delighted by the other albums and their unusual flavor of off-beat experimental rock I was pretty dissapointted after listening through this several times. Just as a side not, I find it funny how certain reviewers will post their 5 star reviews to hype the album the day it comes out…have they even listened through the album enough to give a logical review? Detailing the band members history doesnt mean its a classic album.

    Anyway, this isnt a bad album by any means, it has its own style for sure, if any other band had made this album I would be pretty impressed. But if your looking for the same inventivness that TSOAF have brought in the past than youll be dissapointted. Theyve molded their own sound out of there previous incarnations well enough, but theres nothing new here.
    When I say this, I dont mean to deny their musical ability or anything, but this sounds like every other alternative rock band out nowadays. The album just isn’t on the cutting edge of anything, which is dissapointing. Theres no genre hoping like on the Tiger re-issue, or long meldoic portions like Lover, it feels kind of flat overall.
    If youve never heard TSOAF before than this won’t introduce you into the potential which this band has. And what is the deal with the track “Ahab”? I thought we got away from this “noize”, who wants to listen to annoying music, wth….

    Closer to the bands roots, but further from their objective. When I say closer to their roots I mean, more rock, less experimenting – and when I say their objective, I mean making experimental rock, but seriously – theres no experimenting on here, just rehash, get it right for the next go-around please guys.

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • “The Ocean and The Sun” is an excellent experimental album that still has enough hooks throughout to make it an enjoyable listen. I found it interesting that TSOAF appears to be more of Walrus’s (Embree’s) project that Nightingale’s (Balling’s) since Embree produced and recorded it at his studio, which is fine with me since I am a huge RX fan. I actually think it’s mixed a lot better than Rx’s last release. Songs like “The Heraldic Beak Of The Manufacturer’s Medallion” sounds like it’s an unreleased track from Rx’s “And the Battle Begun…” only with Skunk (Anthony) singing over it. There are some great experimental tracks on here. “Uzbekistan” is a personal favorite. Basically, enjoying RX Bandits and Circa Survive / Anthony Green as much as I do, “The Ocean and The Sun” is a great depature for fans of either. Definitely worth a listen, and the artwork is very cool too, so purchasing the CD for it is, in my opinion, worth it.

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ve had this CD for about a year and listened to 1 or 2 songs from time to time but for whatever reason, I decided to listen to the whole thing recently and it has not left the CD player in my truck for 3 weeks. It’s truly an amazing piece of work!
    What I particularly like about it is that it is “experimental” but not to the point that you feel disappointed as I have been in the past by other bands attempts. For example, while I love The The Mars Volta ( which clearly influences TSOAF ) I have to admit that the long “noisy” parts can get annoying the second time or third time around. TSOAF does not do that with this album which gives it replay value. Check out their Myspace page which currently has 3 tracks.
    Personally I think it sounds the best when you’re driving, but be careful with the faster songs!

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ve listened to this album several times since its release and it sticks with me. There are songs that stick out more than others, but I won’t go into detail on that because of my next point. Upon further analysis, I began to fully understand the genius of the album itself. I’ve never heard of any of the bands that the members of SOAF are a part of, so I don’t have a clear picture of their musical backgrounds, but the styles that they incorporate in this project kind of transcend any one “genre”. The genius of it all is this, there’s something here for everyone. There’s a little electronica, a little prog-rock, definitely a “(insert here)-core” influence, but there’s also some latin beats in there, maybe even a little dance/club. I imagine that if you handed this out to 20 different people, they would probably enjoy at least one song on the album. I also see them gravitating towards songs which are more to their liking. Whats more, this is an album that can really be listened to anywhere. It’s cerebral enough that you can just sit and enjoy it, but it also has a flow so you could pop it in your car stereo on the daily commute.

    Give it more than one listen, but I guarantee there’s something for everyone here.

    Posted on November 15, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now