Saturday 15 December 2018

Oak - False Memory Archive (2018)

The second album from this Norwegian band.

The band is a quartet with a lineup of bass, percussions, drums, banjo, guitars, keyboards and vocals.
The band also had help from guest musicians who provided saxophone and extra guitars.

Their 2013 debut album Lighthouse was a good album and I therefore had some hopes for the follow up album.

The band plays a kind of moody neo-prog not too many miles away from both Gazpacho and Airbag. They are pretty similar to both bands in fact.

Porcupine Tree is also another big influence on this album. There are also some post-rock and Marillion influences here.

The music is not heavy, though. It is pretty pastoral and based on harmonies. Both guitar and vocal harmonies.

The music is pretty bold, but not bombastic. The songs are really well crafted and based on a lot of small details and the idea of the good tune.

The end result is an one hour long album which convinces on most levels. A killer track would had been nice. But there is none.

Oak has with this very good album put themselves on the same level as the fellow Oslo bands Airbag and Gazpacho. Get this album.

3.5 points

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