Osees – Metamorphosed – Vinyl, LP, Rock Is Hell Records, 2021
I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS COLORED VINYL. It’s sealed. Assume black. “It seems that every time you turn around, there’s another Oh Sees [OSEES] slab. Long ago we lost all capacity to be surprised that this sturdy unit keeps putting out records and that they’re really good. You can now add the Metamorphosed 12-inch to you ever deeper sagging row of John Dwyer and Co.’s seemingly no sleep release schedule. The five tracks were taken from the sessions that formed 2019’s Face Stabber album, a seventeen-track / eighty+ minute jammified four-sider.
Metamorphosed would have been the perfect third LP to fit in with the other two.” “John and Matt Jones run the Castle Face label with full autonomy, so it would make sense that Metamorphosed, like The 12” Synth, would have been a CF release. Yet, it’s on the very cool Rock Is Hell Records label, which has put out some great Dwyer related jams in the past.
The OCS Live In San Francisco album was not only great musically but all the vinyl and sleeve variants made the collectors break out in a fan sweat they’re probably still recovering from. Being able to do all this yourself, it’s obviously cool to still work with Jochen and Rock Is Hell. “Metamorphosed isn’t just some barrel scrape for those who can’t get enough.
All of the five tracks stand up to anything on Face Stabber. The record’s twenty three+ minute ‘I Got A Lot’ is one of the coolest songs the band has ever done.” —Henry Rollins