Oceansize – Commemorative 9/11 T-Shirt (2007)

Oceansize, who sadly split up in 2011, were a staggeringly talented group, able to combine ambitious song-writing with ear-catching melodies, spine-tingling progressions and genuine emotional punch. This, the opening track of their 2007 album Frames, is actually listed as “Commemorative ___ T-Shirt, apparently because it really doesn’t have anything to do with 9/11 and (I think) the band wanted to avoid controversy – they chose the name originally because it’s in 11/8 but the final section alternates between 9/8 and 11/8. It was probably a name that stuck informally but then looked a bit harsh in print. Anyway, this is Oceansize at their very best – heavy at times, but technically brilliant and viscerally stirring.

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