If Brian Wilson could operate a laptop...or Pink Floyd were young and skint in 2009……or Wayne Coyne was Scottish….or Grandaddy came from a land of drizzle…or Sigur Ros cracked a smile from time to time…or…we could go on.
Because this is the sounds of straws being clutched as we struggle to find the perfect epithet to describe the sound of North Atlantic Oscillation. ‘Colourful’, ‘crepuscular’ and ‘expansive’ are three that spring to mind, but even they don’t quite do this Edinburgh-based three-piece’s sound justice.
The debut album, Grappling Hooks, is due for release in 2010, in the meantime though comes an introductory EP ‘Callsigns’ featuring two album tracks, a remix by label-mates Engineers and an ethereal cover version of classic do-wop song, ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, first made famous in the 1959 by The Flamingos.
It sounds nothing like you expect it to. But then that’s exactly what makes North Atlantic Oscillation so beguiling, intriguing and fascinating – there’s a surprise around every corner. Are you ready?
Press for North Atlantic Oscillation:
“Delightfully shiny tunes”
“An astonishing amalgam of Flaming Lips and Grandaddy indie-pop sensibilities with a bewildering vista of sound sweeping ahead of the listener ... Acid-addled, silver-caped prog genius.”
(5/5 stars) - Stuart McHugh, Is This Music?
“For a band with little or no hype about them, it is truly special to hear NAO at this early stage in their career; the potential is frightening with songs like ‘Star Chamber’ and ‘Drawing Maps from Memory’ showcasing their talent and obvious knowledge of music. From The Beach Boys to Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’ to Radiohead to The Beta Band, they are a music enthusiast’s wet dream who have more ideas in a half hour set than some bands could come up with in an entire career. For two guys they have a mighty sound, albeit with the aid of a laptop, and really take some of their songs to sonic heights, all the while managing to sound experimental while retaining the basis of song and a melody. If ever the phrase ‘Ones to watch’ applied, it is stamped all over these guys.”
(4/5 stars) - John Paul Mason
Hotly tipped trio North Atlantic Oscillation have been announced as the support for UK dates of Porcupine Tree’s current European tour.
The band take over from Kscope label mates, Engineers who had to pull out of the dates due to unforeseen personal circumstances. The dates kicked off last night in Wolverhampton before gigs in Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.
Dec 08 2009 NEWCASTLE, Academy
Dec 10 2009 MANCHESTER, Academy
Dec 11 2009 GLASGOW, ABC