Wednesday 21 February 2018
Ossicles - Mantelpiece (2012)
The debut album from this Norwegian band.
Ossicles is the brothers Sondre and Bastian Veland. Those two plays drums, percussion, keyboards, guitars, bass, upright bass and all vocals.
The band and this album was discovered Steven Wilson who heaped praise on the brothers and this album. Hence, some more people took notice.
The band is still as underground as you can get although they are now signed on Appollon Records, one of the bigger and emerging prog and artrock labels around.
The music on this album is not easy to describe. It is not old style progressive rock, let me put it like that.
Take Porcupine Tree and broaden their sound and music with some jazz, djent and electronica. That is the best I can come up with. It is also accurate as far as I am concerned.
This album is seventy-five minutes long and a big, big chunk of meat to take in. It starts with a lot of mellow songs orientated material with lots of good vocal harmonies. The final half of the album gives us some more hard edge modern prog and electronica.
The first half is really, really good. The Veland brothers proves that they have something going on here. The final half is not that good and a bit of an experiment.
This is a debut album though and it is a weak, but still a good album. Check out these brothers as I think they should get more attention.