‘Truth In Reverse’ is the lead single from The Oscillation’s new album, ‘Monographic’. It’s a lengthy choice for a single, clocking in at just under 8 minutes. Despite this length, the song is really minimalist in its approach. It centres around only a couple of ideas and just stretches them out into a scraggly fuzzed-up mess. The production is gorgeous on this track, it has a real organic-sounding distorted and spacey sound. I love the effects on the vocals, and the guitars sound great. However, I feel there’s something missing.
Every time I start the track I find myself umming and arrring trying to figure what this band are trying to emulate. I can’t tell if they’re a Muse tribute act or some psych figurines. I find the psychedelic ‘influence’ gets a little frustrating after a little while, it’s like the band REALLY want you to know, they know, what that culture is. It’s also difficult to grasp onto a hook after the song finishes, which I guess isn’t so much a criticism, as it is an observation. Admittedly, when it starts up again you find yourself tapping your toes, but shouldn’t a single have one memorable hook at least? Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned.
For psych and drone-heads out there I’m sure this will entertain, but for me it’s just more of the same in a sea of copy cats. Bands like Sonic Jesus and Dead Skeletons manage to take this kind of thing and make use of it’s limitations, but The Oscillation just kind of, don’t.
The band will be touring Europe and the UK throughout March and April. For dates, see below.