Album review: Oceansize – ‘Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up’ (Superball)

Still gloriously unafraid to rock

Manchester rock lords Oceansize have elevated the five-mates-in-a-room-making-a-racket thing into something approaching a bloody-minded artform on their fourth album. ‘Self Preserved…’’s loose, jam-based riff colossi stand in stark relief to everyone else’s doo-wop apery or sterile poptronica. And as ‘Silent/Transparent’ bristles with barely contained energy for eight and a half wonderful minutes and ‘Superimposer’ and ‘Build Us A Rocket Then…’ creep, crawl and then explode into gutsy rock thunder, the only appropriate environment to listen to this is standing on a mountain, arms gloriously aloft.

Rob Parker

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