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THE OH SEES

THE COOL DEATH OF ISLAND RAIDERS (2019 REISSUE)

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CD

Released: 29th Mar 2019

£13.99


Very limited turquoise lp + download

Released: 29th Mar 2019

£24.99


Kicking off the record with what should have been the hit of the summer that year but for the hard C in the title, "The Gilded Cunt" seems to clearly preface Oh Sees’ later psych skewed pop sensibilities.

At the time it was an obvious jam and I recall being floored by its shuffling beauty. Chirping birds, gently lapping tempos and the nascent harmonization of Bridgid Dawson and Dwyer detail what I consider to be a definitive highlight of their early quiet period of the band. The tree hangs heavy with Patrick Mullins’ handiwork, manning the musical saw, drums, and an assortment of home made electronics. It seemed a bit radical to be so quiet about it but the tunes are total earworms among the assorted drones, cut up bits of tape noise, and mellow front porch vibes, and the whole thing hangs together in a lovely hand-made way, helped in no small part by Dave Sitek’s production (he would later work on Master’s Bedroom as well). “We flew Brigid out a fresh woman and literally sent her home on a plane with a trash bag of her clothes” says John. Evidently the whole record was accidentally erased at some point right around when the photo on the back of the jacket was taken, which makes it all the more remarkable that the result sounds so casually and confidently careworn. .

THE COOL DEATH OF ISLAND RAIDERS (2019 REISSUE)

Tracklist

  1. The Gilded Cunt
  2. The Dumb Drums
  3. Turn Offs
  4. Losers In The Sun
  5. Drone Number One
  6. Island Raiders
  7. Cool Death
  8. Broken Stems
  9. We Are Free
  10. Drone Number Two
  11. You Oughta Go Home