Effloresce (album)

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Studio album by
Released29 September 2003
RecordedFebruary–March 2003
StudioJacob's Studio, Farnham, Surrey
GenreProgressive rock, alternative rock, post-rock, space rock[1]
LabelBeggars Banquet Records
ProducerChris Sheldon, Oceansize
Oceansize chronology
Relapse EP
Music for Nurses

Effloresce is the debut studio album by British progressive/alternative rock band Oceansize. It was released on 29 September 2003. The record garnered considerable praise from critics.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Drowned in Sound(9/10) [2]
The List [3]
The PRP(4/5) link
Scene Point Blank(9.5/10) link
Sputnikmusic(4.5/5) [4]
Tiny Mix Tapes link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Oceansize.

  1. "I Am the Morning" – 4:18
  2. "Catalyst" – 6:40
  3. "One Day All This Could Be Yours" – 4:19
  4. "Massive Bereavement" – 9:59
  5. "Rinsed" – 3:58
  6. "You Wish" – 6:00
  7. "Remember Where You Are" – 5:22
  8. "Amputee" – 5:32
  9. "Unravel" – 2:50
  10. "Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs" – 8:30
  11. "Saturday Morning Breakfast Show" – 9:04
  12. "Long Forgotten" – 8:57


  • The band chose the name Effloresce at random from a dictionary. Original titles for the album included Career and Mine Host, the latter of which is the name of a song on the band's next full-length album, Everyone Into Position.[5]
  • The title of "Massive Bereavement" is a reference to The Day Today, where it is the name of a horse.
  • The piano line playing on Track 9, "Unravel," is an excerpt of the second piece, Le Gibet, from Maurice Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit.
  • The title of "Women Who Love Men Who Love Drugs" was coined by bassist Jon Ellis, who saw the headline of the same name on the front of Cosmopolitan Magazine.[6]


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Chris Sheldon – production (with Oceansize), mixing
  • Adrian Newton – assistant engineer
  • Louis Read – assistant engineer
  • Dario Dendi – assistant engineer
  • Jack Clark – assistant engineer
  • Martin & Kimberly McCarrick – cello, violin, viola on "Massive Bereavement" and "Long Forgotten"
  • Claire Lemmon – backing vocals on "Massive Bereavement" and "Saturday Morning Breakfast Show"


  1. ^ a b Wilson, MacKenzie. Effloresce at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rauf, Raziq. "Album Review: Oceansize - Effloresce / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". drownedinsound.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ Pia, Camilla (18 September 2003). "Rock: Oceansize - Effloresce (Beggars Banquet)". p. 105. Retrieved 31 December 2021. {{cite magazine}}: Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  4. ^ FlawedPerfection. "Oceansize - Effloresce (album review 5)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  5. ^ @Vennart (28 September 2020). "Indeed. Sorry to ruin the magic guys, but that's exactly what happened. Mark Heron wanted to call it 'Career', due to the cover. Similarly, I wanted to call it 'Mine Host'. Vetoed, as someone refused to accept that the expression wasn't German. 😩" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ @Vennart (1 December 2020). "The title came from Jon, who saw it on the front of Cosmopolitan magazine Again, another real moment of 'THIS is who were are' in a way. This song stayed around, to the point where it was the final song we ever played together" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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