OSees The 12″ Synth
8/10 Unexpected Ambient synth and organ music
Osees The 12″ Synth was created on John Dwyer‘s Birthday, with LSD at a late night recording session of overdubs. That jam became a 40 minutes kosmisch on keys and synth with Tomas Dolas aka Mr. Elevator.
This is the first all synth electronic album from OSees (Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees, OSC, John Dywer). Ambient analogue synth and organ with beautiful textures and pastoral wonder. Nowhere is the blazing explosions of raw energy that we normally see with Oh Sees instead a controlled tension and free creativity are on full display.
The Vinyl has a superior sound quality to all the streams; I mention this because the difference is more pronounced then usual. You may not get a chance to hear it in its true analogue glory (see link below). Unlike their other B sides from Castleface Records this album is a full 40 minutes of music, a full length album.
Castleface Records describes it best:
“The pilot took a tab of acid in the control room and reclined back in his chair, mouth open
It was his birthday
A fly buzzed through….zzzz….
It was twilight April 20th on the nut farm
and we had one reel of tape left
The rhythm section was in stasis
As was the still & purple desert night
The door open a crack, a slice, a breach, a fissure
Unmasking a landscape of dust
Mr. Elevator and I set up a cockpit with synthesizers and keyboards galore and fried out two improvised long jam sandwiches
They are here on gluten-free wax for your holiday pleasure”
There you have it, John Dwyer‘s Birthday, LSD, late night recording session of overdubs becomes a 40 minutes space out jam on keys and synth with Tomas Dolas aka Mr. Elevator.
The tone is ambient with subtle sounds, hums, buzzes the occasional ARP. The music drifts into space.
Overall, The 12″ Synth is an interesting concept album and I actually think it’s awesome because it challenges our expectations as listeners and I am currently into the first albums of Tangerine Dream! The sounds are well mixed and mastered and very pleasing to listen to. The songs move forward with a improvisational stride saying decidedly ambient throughout.