[2011 Catch Up] Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania

Still catching up with 2011, the latest act to catch my ear is San Fran’s Thee Oh Sees.  What began as an outlet for band leader John Dwyer’s experimental home recordings has blossomed into one of the Bay Area’s strangest and most prolific bands, having released dozens of full lengths, EPs, and 7”’s over the past few years.  This year saw two albums – Carrion Crawler/The Dream, which I’ve yet to dive into, and Castlemania, Dwyer’s near-solo project which is currently blowing my mind.  Comprised mostly of 2 to 3 minute fuzzed-up garage/psyche nuggets, the album has a scattershot, anything-goes vibe that comes across as charming as it does disorienting.  Drugs probably played a big part in its creation.  The album art’s depiction of a monster hand reaching for a child’s toy captures this record perfectly – there’s something innocent and childlike about Dwyer’s carefree melodic sense, but whatever winsomeness is found here is countered by a frightening noisy/experimental side.  This is some seriously good shit.  Thee Oh Sees turned up on a few noteworthy year end lists, but Tiny Mix Tapes had both LPs in their Top 50.

MP3  ::  I Need Seed

Stream  ::  Castlemania

(from Castlemania. Buy here)




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