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Studio album by The Raincoats
Released 1981
Recorded March–June 1980
Studio Bob's Berry Street Studio, Clerkenwell, London
Genre Post-punk, experimental
Length 34:54
Label Rough Trade – ROUGH13
Producer Adam Kidron, The Raincoats
The Raincoats chronology
The Raincoats
(1979)The Raincoats1979
The Kitchen Tapes
(1983)The Kitchen Tapes1983

Odyshape is the second album by the Raincoats, originally released in 1981 by Rough Trade. Stylistically, Odyshape was a radical departure from the band's first album, exploring different musical genres and featuring a diverse range of instruments, such as the shruti box, balophone, shehnai and kalimba.[1] It was also described as experimental.[2]

Odyshape was recorded after Palmolive, the band's original drummer, had left the group, and the Raincoats hired Richard Dudanski (P.I.L.), Charles Hayward (This Heat) and Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine) to fill in. Palmolive's original replacement, Ingrid Weiss, left during the start of the recording of Odyshape.

The album cover was based on the painting Peasant Woman by Russian artist Kazimir Malevich.[3]

The album was reissued in 1993 by Geffen Records.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[5]
NME 9/10[6]
Pitchfork 8.0/10[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[8]
Spin 8/10[9]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 9/10[10]
Uncut 5/5 stars[11]

Pitchfork reviewer Nick Neyland said, "This album has little in common with anything else around at the time, other than the feeling that you're hurtling relentlessly forward into a previously unmapped musical space...It's a very intimate recording, full of sounds they wisely never tried to recreate again, and vocal takes that are often inflected with a heart-crushing vulnerability".[7]

BBC.com writer Chris Power said, "More than the exotic instrumentation, though, it's the extraordinary structures of Odyshape's songs that distinguish it. They don't so much begin and end as ebb and flow in a way that, historically, seems to have bewildered at least as many listeners as it's beguiled".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by the Raincoats; except where indicated

  1. "Shouting Out Loud" (The Raincoats, Ingrid Weiss) – 4:54
  2. "Family Treet" (The Raincoats, Caroline Scott) – 4:12
  3. "Only Loved at Night" – 3:32
  4. "Dancing in My Head" – 5:26
  5. "Odyshape" (The Raincoats, Ingrid Weiss) – 3:37
  6. "And Then It's O.K." (The Raincoats, lyrics by Caroline Scott) – 3:05
  7. "Baby Song" – 4:54
  8. "Red Shoes" – 2:51
  9. "Go Away" – 2:23


The Raincoats
  • Ana da Silva – vocals, guitar, scruti box, kalimba, bass, percussion, harmonica
  • Gina Birch – vocals, bass, guitar, balafon
  • Vicky Aspinall – vocals, guitar, bass, violin, piano


Cover versions[edit]

"Only Loved at Night" was covered by Softboiled Eggies for the Rough Trade Shops – Counter Culture 08 compilation (2009).[12]


  1. ^ a b Power, Chris (2011). "Review: Post-punk outfit's ambitious second LP of 1981 should be considered a classic". BBC. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon (1998). Energy Flash. Faber & Faber. 
  3. ^ http://www.wikiart.org/en/kazimir-malevich/peasant-woman
  4. ^ Dougan, John. "Odyshape – The Raincoats". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  5. ^ Gardner, Noel (2 September 2011). "Album Review: The Raincoats – Odyshape (reissue)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Raincoats: Odyshape". NME: 26. 22 January 1994. 
  7. ^ a b Neyland, Nick (12 September 2011). "The Raincoats: Odyshape". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  8. ^ Kot, Greg (2004). "The Raincoats". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 673. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  9. ^ Powell, Mike (13 September 2011). "The Raincoats, 'Odyshape' (We Three Records)". Spin. Archived from the original on 6 April 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  11. ^ "The Raincoats: Odyshape". Uncut: 95. It's a brilliantly odd and spooky stew of post-punk and avant-garde... 
  12. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Various-Rough-Trade-Shops-Counter-Culture-08/release/1654406