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Album: Effloresce
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Am the Morning
2)    Catalyst
3)    One Day All This Could Be Yours
4)    Massive Bereavement
5)    Rinsed
6)    You Wish
7)    Remember Where You Are
8)    Amputee
9)    Unravel
10)    Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs
11)    Saturday Morning Breakfast Show
12)    Long Forgotten
 

Album: Effloresce
# Song Title   Time
1)    I Am the Morning
2)    Catalyst
3)    One Day All This Could Be Yours
4)    Massive Bereavement
5)    Rinsed
6)    You Wish
7)    Remember Where You Are
8)    Amputee
9)    Unravel
10)    Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs
11)    Saturday Morning Breakfast Show
12)    Long Forgotten
 
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  • Recorded at Jacobs Studio, Farham Surrey, England, between February & March 2003.
  • Oceansize: Mike Vennart, Steve Durose (vocals, guitar); Gambler (guitar); Jon Ellis (bass instrument); Mark Heron (drums).
  • Personnel: Kimberlee McCarrick, Martin McCarrick (violin, viola, cello); Claire Lemmon (background vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Kimberlee McCarrick (violin, viola, cello); Claire Lemmon, Martin McCarrick.
  • Audio Mixer: Chris Sheldon.
  • Recording information: Eden Studios, London, England (03/2000-04/2003); Jacobs Studio, Farnham, Surrey, England (03/2000-04/2003); The Works Studio, Bredbury, Cheshire, England (03/2000-04/2003).
  • Photographer: Phil Lee .
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Dario Dendi.
  • Manchester's Oceansize compose a mechanical flow of post-rock/experimental ticks and beats on their debut album, Effloresce. As the title aptly suggests, Effloresce bursts forth with feverish punk edges and ethereal electronics for an aggressive guitar storm. Mike Vennart (vocals/guitar), Steve Durose (guitar/vocals), Gambler (guitar), Jon Ellis (bass), and Mark Herrin (drums) seem content with the album's constant apprehension, and the shifty dynamic works. From the agonizing fury of "You Wish" and "Amputee" to the band's more eclectic and melodic instrumentals such as "I Am the Morning" and "Unravel," the momentum of Effloresce never lets up. "Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs" is a stunning heatstroke featuring Vennart and Durose's icy twin-guitar work. As it swirls into a menagerie of space rock and post-alternative rock, Vennart's aching vocals only accentuate the buildup of what is the album's finest moment. The dozen-track set list is loaded from start to finish, sonically and emotionally; however, Oceansize basically rely on the strength of their individual playing to carry the weight of Effloresce. While most of the songs are individually interesting, the album's overall composition is rather lacking. Oceansize do have potential and Effloresce does show promise, but its arrangement isn't as thought-out as it could be. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.172) - "Bassist Jon Ellis and drummer Mark Herrin bring empathetic thunder: the lightning is everywhere."
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