Oceanic Feeling

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A fractured and chaotic mix of vocal samples, drum loops, and general experimental mayhem, Ectine's debut is a challenging and varied slab of bubbling unpredictability. At times ambient, at other times electro-pop, the shape-changing arrangements run the gamut from simply complex to nearly incomprehensible, never allowing the listener to know which is coming next. Heavily percussive, with the band's seven members handling a variety of drums and guitar effects, the music can be at once tribally hypnotic and atmospherically new age. Whether recalling sound collagists like Kid Koala on tracks like "Sorry, No. Yeah" and the electro-funk of "Ged Id Down," or even dipping into the past with the Kraftwerk-ish "Knowledge Is Barbed," the band balances catchy dissonance with skeletally impressionistic soundscapes. In short, there are enough grooves to satisfy pop fans and enough dissonance to appease noiseniks, making Oceanic Feeling an album of rare near-unanimous appeal.