We Are The Ocean – ‘Ark’ [Review]

we are the oceanI got my teeth into this track a few days ago, and quickly wrote up a piece full of thoughtful phrases and quirky descriptions of its inner goings-on. But since then, I’ve not been able to stop listening to it – and my old words have been consigned to the circular file. Words, orgasms, and white sugar aside, I don’t have much of an addictive personality – but Ark is officially my fourth vice. As a music journalist, this kind of craving is not good for a career based on listening to innumerable songs over the course of a day, rather than just one – but when I mentally implode and wind up working as a “waste disposal technician”, at least I’ll be able to look forward to listening to Ark on the drive home.

On paper, Ark should not be as accessible as it is; arrangement-wise it’s dense as fuck, full of snakelike twists and turns catapulting the listener through multiple time signatures at breakneck speed. But nonetheless, it’s unpretentiously epic and accessible – and a seriously impressive achievement.

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Posted on 19 November 2014

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