16 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Castlemania is built on the ‘60s garage foundation that ignites many of Thee Oh Sees’ albums, there is a loose, disjointed, avant-jazz vibe at play here as well.  The shambling, acoustic opener, “I Need Seed,” is not an indicator of what lies ahead: “Corprophagist” and “Stinking Cloud” have eerie, vaporous synths and flutes, and the skronky “Corrupted Coffin” feels like early-‘80s New York No Wave, while hazy mellotron collages form “The Horse Was Lost.”  But tunes like the twinkling “Pleasure Blimps” make a U-turn back into ‘60s psych-pop, and “The Whipping Continues” and “A Wall, a Century 2” are stomping, fuzz-box garage rockers in the best of the tradition. Amidst the handful of covers are blissful, lysergic takes on the Creation’s “If I Stay Too Long” and “I Won’t Hurt You” by the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Castlemania is rough around the edges, a little uneven, and -- as we’ve come to expect from Thee Oh Sees — pretty darn exciting.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Castlemania is built on the ‘60s garage foundation that ignites many of Thee Oh Sees’ albums, there is a loose, disjointed, avant-jazz vibe at play here as well.  The shambling, acoustic opener, “I Need Seed,” is not an indicator of what lies ahead: “Corprophagist” and “Stinking Cloud” have eerie, vaporous synths and flutes, and the skronky “Corrupted Coffin” feels like early-‘80s New York No Wave, while hazy mellotron collages form “The Horse Was Lost.”  But tunes like the twinkling “Pleasure Blimps” make a U-turn back into ‘60s psych-pop, and “The Whipping Continues” and “A Wall, a Century 2” are stomping, fuzz-box garage rockers in the best of the tradition. Amidst the handful of covers are blissful, lysergic takes on the Creation’s “If I Stay Too Long” and “I Won’t Hurt You” by the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band. Castlemania is rough around the edges, a little uneven, and -- as we’ve come to expect from Thee Oh Sees — pretty darn exciting.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Nik the person ,

Great album

This album starts out with a 60's fun vibe thats fun and energetic. The album then beautifully starts to transition into psychedelic-garage music but is still great. My only complaint is that the Oh Sees got a bit carried away at The Whipping Continues and those songs turned mediocre. But the transition introduced much better songs like If I Stay Too Long and the peaceful easy to listen to song The Horse Was Lost. 8/10

Crimson Isle ,

Yes!

If you don't have this album your a jerkface.

RipYourFaceOff ,

Henry Rollins likes you guys..

Straight from a tweet from Rollins:Have you ever checked out the Oh Sees? Great band, I think. I am digging their new album at the moment. It's called Castlemania.

via) EvilNeverDies@Twitter

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