Oh Sees/OCS

Orc & Memory Of A Cut Off Head (Castle Face Records)

Contact Jacob Daneman about Oh Sees/OCS

It is easy to forget (especially amidst the ringing of ears and aching of muscles after your typical Oh Sees show) that initially, OCS was a rather hushed affair. After the minimalistic brutality of Coachwhips, OCS was a diametric opposite corner of John’s musical world, quiet to the point of whispered in the wind, buffeted by the airy whirr of singing saw, soft and strange. Those early records especially had a rather contraband hush about them, as if the party has gone on all night and continues into the morning but everyone’s raspy from talking too much and gradually agrees to whisper and pantomime as they watch the sun come up over the hills. Since then of course, things got gradually louder, faster, crazier…the band evolved since then into the Oh Sees everyone knows. For the 20th Oh Sees release, 100th Castle Face title, and 20th year doing it, John re-examines the quieter roots of it all in particularly baroque and homesteadly fashion. Memory of a Cut Off Head was co-written with longtime collaborator and vocal counterpoint Brigid Dawson, recorded in total in John’s own Stu Stu Studio, and it’s lush, sumptuous in texture, but satifyingly retains the gentle grace of the early stuff. There’s beautifully executed strings throughout, courtesy of Heather Lockie’s fine arrangements, horn arrangements courtesy of Mikal Cronin, and they even brought back the old saw – Patrick Mullins, that is – on saw and electronics. A return and a refinement of old forms, a few solemn meditations on life lived at high velocity, perhaps a respite from it…a softer side of JPD and distinguished company.

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Tour

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    Sep 05, 2017
    New Orleans, LA
    One Eyed Jack's

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    Sep 06, 2017
    Atlanta, GA
    Variety Playhouse

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    Sep 08, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA
    Trocadero Theater

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    Sep 09, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Warsaw

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    Sep 10, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Warsaw

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    Sep 13, 2017
    Cambridge, MA
    The Sinclair

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    Sep 14, 2017
    Montreal, QC
    La Tulipe I Le National

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    Sep 15, 2017
    Toronto, ON
    Danforth Theater

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    Sep 16, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
    Beachland Ballroom

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    Sep 17, 2017
    Chicago, IL
    Thalia Hall

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    Sep 18, 2017
    Milwaukee, WI
    Turner Hall

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    Sep 22, 2017
    Missoula, MT
    Monk's

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    Sep 23, 2017
    Seattle, WA
    Neumo's

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    Sep 24, 2017
    Vancouver, BC
    Commodore Ballroom

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    Sep 25, 2017
    Portland, OR
    Crystal Ballroom

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    Sep 27, 2017
    San Francisco, CA
    Great American Music Hall

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    Sep 28, 2017
    San Francisco, CA
    Great American Music Hall