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Oxytocin
Love It
(self-released)
www.oxyoxyoxy.com


I kind of laughed to myself the first time I listened to this band. They didn't strike me as serious. Not in the tongue-in-cheek way, and not in the "we're goofballs" way either... but in an out-there too-high sort-of way. First I compared them to a more upbeat Grateful Dead, and thought twice about it, but then came right back to it anyway. It's the vibe man, the vibe.

This three-piece puts the spacey in space-rock, but in a good way. The songs aren't whimsical, they are light and airy. They aren't lackadaisical, they are nonchalant. What most surprised me about their music were the sudden breaks into killer sides. The music already had a nice head-bobbing sort-of feel, but then these awesome breaks would appear that just elevated the feeling ten times. "You Try" and "Happen" are all the more better because of it.

The band tends to fall into a banal rythmn, as the songs progress, making each song feel slightly longer than they are, almost like a jam band. Maybe it's because there are only three members, but the overall sound is hollow, as the production doesn't cover enough of the empty spaces. If it wasn't for these breaks the songs might collapse on themselves.

But really, the breaks are worth everything and more to this album. There are some really good licks here that show this band does know what they are doing. And despite my criticism, they are worth listening to - not a bad vibe to be found. And they are especially worth it if you are partaking in a good, um… party. If you know what I mean.

-bishop

Track listing:
1. Hid
2. First One
3. Going Under
4. You Try
5. Ghetto A
6. Throw
7. Happen
8. Sorrow Day
9. My I


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