For me, the Oceansize long player Effloresce
was one of last year's stand-out debut albums which managed to find an
individual voice in spite its preying from grunge and indie music along the
Oceansize have that extra inventive gear that a lot of
bands fail to exploit, which is one of the reasons why Catalyst is in a
seven beat structure that sounds totally natural. Of course that brings to
mind the "p" word, but this lot aren't just progressive for the sake of it.
Catalyst is built on a meaty guitar riff straight out of Seattle, with the
familiar quiet-loud pattern given extra kudos with Mike Vennart's vocal.
It's a memorable track, and is countered nicely on the single by a live
version of Women Who Love Men Who Do Drugs, which is all atmospheric guitar whooshes
and layered textures.
This is more than enough for a strong recommendation. This band are going to be well worth watching, especially for those mourning the passing of Mansun!