Album Review: North Atlantic Oscillation - 'Grappling Hooks' (Kscope)

A journey into the sublime

In geography lessons, some friends and I formed an imaginary psychedelic rock band called The Long Shore Drifters; we even went so far as to name our imaginary debut album ‘Field Trip’. NAO have gone one further and actually formed a band named after the climatic phenomenon which leads to fluctuations of air pressure that control the storm tracks across the Atlantic. What’s more, it’s really good. It ranges from Beta Band beats (‘Alexanderplatz’) to post-rock pop (‘Drawing Maps From Memory’) with the influence of Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips and even Peter Gabriel looming large, but it’s all pieced together in an intelligent, student kind of way with nods to Boards Of Canada or Squarepusher.

Gordon Freame

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8 / 10

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