Album 0164: The Sound Of Animals Fighting – The Ocean And The Sun

Release Date: 2008
Genre: Experimental Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Intro (00:32)
2. The Ocean And The Sun (05:39)
3. I, The Swan (04:14)
4. Another Leather Lung (05:14)
5. Lude (02:00)
6. Cellophane (04:58)
7. The Heraldic Beak Of The Manufacturer’s Medallion (05:39)
8. Chinese New Year (01:06)
9. Uzbekistan (07:28)
10. Blessings Be Yours Mister V (06:38)
11. Ahab (01:01)
12. On The Occasion Of Wet Snow (07:18)

Total Length: 51:46

Intro is a poem translated into Persian, I don’t entirely get the point. The Ocean And The Sun is mostly good, I enjoy the first part of the song, it’s kind of haunting and has some nice vocal moments. The spoken word part is… I’m just tired of these. It’s so overdone it’s unreal, these scratchy sounds covering the person speaking as they read off a piece of paper without any kind of tonal changes to their voice. It’s just trite at this point. I, The Swan is much more the stuff I like from these guys. Great vocals and a strong main melody.

Another Leather Lung has some really neat guitar work, it’s a good song. It tries to get a bit heavy at the end, but it feels like something is holding back, as if the tempo is just a touch too slow. Lude is an interlude, get it? Cellophane builds up well and actually is quite rockin’ by the end, it’s a good change of pace that this time actually works. The song transitions right into The Heraldic Beak Of The Manufacturer’s Medallion and it continues the good feelings, being a nice track in its own right.

Chinese New Year is another random interlude. Uzbekistan is definitely in a different vein from the rest of the album. It’s very electronically influenced, and the female vocals are great and in a totally different style from the rest of the album up to this point. It does the stupid voice over thing I talked about before again though. Blessings Be Yours Mister V has Matt Embree singing on it which makes me very happy, and he seems to have influenced the music on this track a lot as well, so it’s good stuff.

Ahab is the poem from the intro in English, kind of a useless track. On The Occasion Of Wet Snow is a pretty great, longer track. There are kind of two main sections, and the transition between them is fantastic. I really enjoy how the second section is pretty uplifting. This album has some great tracks, but I always seem to lose focus while listening to the album in full. I think my main issue with the band is that they have some great songwriting skills and potential, but at times can focus too much on the ‘experimental’ side of things.

Final Rating: 8/10

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