Orc (Oh Sees album)

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Orc
Oh Sees - Orc.jpg
Studio album by Oh Sees
Released August 25, 2017 (2017-08-25)
Genre
Length 50:31
Label Castle Face
Producer
Oh Sees chronology
An Odd Entrances
(2016)An Odd Entrances2016
Orc
(2017)
Memory of a Cut Off Head
(2017)Memory of a Cut Off Head2017
Singles from Orc
  1. "The Static God"
    Released: June 7, 2017

Orc is the nineteenth studio album by American garage rock band Oh Sees, released on August 25, 2017, on Castle Face Records. It is the band's first studio album to be released under the name Oh Sees, after it was announced that they would be dropping Thee from their name.[1]

Co-produced by John Dwyer, Eric Bauer, Ty Segall and Enrique Tena, it is the band's first album to feature drummer Paul Quattrone, and is the first album in nine years to not feature recording engineer and regular collaborator Chris Woodhouse.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork7.4/10[4]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Orc received an average score of 79, based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[2]

Among the critics providing praise for the album was Tim Sendra of AllMusic, who stated that "Orc is another classic Oh Sees album that shows no signs of wear and tear anyplace in the operation."[3]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2017
36
Uncut Albums of the Year 2017
33

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."The Static God"4:21
2."Nite Expo"2:57
3."Animated Violence"5:06
4."Keys to the Castle"8:11
5."Jettisoned"5:15
6."Cadaver Dog"4:51
7."Paranoise"4:29
8."Cooling Tower"3:36
9."Drowned Beast"5:03
10."Raw Optics"6:23

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[7]

Oh Sees

  • John Dwyer – guitar, vocals, Mellotron, synths, flute, recorder, fife, hand percussion, Wurlitzer C3, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, sampling
  • Tim Hellman – bass
  • Dan Rincon – drums
  • Paul Quattrone – drums

Additional musicians

  • Brigid Dawson – vocals on "Nite Expo", "Keys to the Castle" and "Cadaver Dog"
  • Joe Cueto – viola, violin on "Keys to the Castle" and "Drowned Beast"

Technical personnel

  • Robert Beatty – artwork
  • Eric Bauer – engineering, mixing, production
  • JJ Golden – mastering
  • Matthew Jones – layout
  • Ty Segall – engineering, production
  • Enrique Tena – engineering, mixing, production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 183
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[9] 181
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[10] 23
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[11] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaye, Ben. "Oh Sees (fka Thee Oh Sees) announce new album, Orc, share "The Static God" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Consequence Holdings, LLC. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Orc by Oh Sees". Metacritic. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Orc – Thee Oh Sees". AllMusic. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Berman, Stuart. "Orc - Oh Sees". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Albums of the Year". Rough Trade. November 14, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2017". Uncut. November 21, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Orc – Thee Oh Sees|Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Oh Sees – Orc" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Oh Sees – Orc" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "Oh Sees Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "Oh Sees Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 15, 2017.