Following a recalibration and consolidation with their recent electronics-inflected album, 2018’s U.E.F., The Oscillation is back with their sixth and most ambitious album to date, Wasted Space. A meditation on the nature of existence in the face of what can be insurmountable odds, Wasted Space finds The Oscillation painting from the darker shades of the kaleidoscopic scale.
“The origins of Wasted Space go back to Monographic in 2016,” muses Demian Castellanos - the mastermind behind The Oscillation. “That was a very bleak and heavy record and I really needed to move out of that mindset. Making U.E.F freed me up to write a coherent collection of narrative songs and compositions. Wasted Space is a partial continuation of a journey started with U.E.F., but one that re-incorporates more song-based ideas again.”
What’s immediately apparent is that Wasted Space sets it stall well away from the prosaic third-eye tropes that have become orthodoxy. Album opener ‘Entity’ establishes the pace with a focus on the dancefloor as much as on the navigation of existence. Fusing muscular grooves with an industrial wall of sound, these are bold steps into wholly new territories.
“There’s an irony at play here,” considers Castellanos. “It’s a twisted party song, albeit a party for one.” But what a party it is. The mutant disco is bolstered by the rhythmic call-and-response of ‘Drop’, a track that eschews conventional methods of dance sensibility for more instinctive and primal urges. This is music that calls out to the suitably attuned. “We’re reaching out on an innate level,” says Castellanos. “It’s a form of wordless communication that transcends the limitations of verbal language and thought processes.”
Wasted Space’s more somatic moments are tempered and balanced by episodes of contemplation and reflection. Fuelled by dreamy, orchestral sweeps and mournful, sustained notes, ‘The Human Shell’ is a deceptive yet redemptive piece that at first glance appears to be resigned to the futility of existence. But look once again and there you’ll find hope. “People will be able to relate to this song,” states Castellanos. “There's a lot of love and empathy in there and it reaches out to say that we’re not alone, that we don’t have to exist independently of each other.”
Bringing Wasted Space to an emphatic conclusion is the epic instrumental ‘Luminous Being’. Ambitious in scope and delivery, it methodically and unequivocally slow releases repressed emotions to throw the wider world into sharper focus. Hedonistic yet reflective, Wasted Space is an album that moves purposely along a high wire as it finds the perfect balance between dealing with life and escaping it. The Oscillation’s finest album yet, Wasted Space is the area to which you’ll return to again and again.
I never open the door, I never lose my way
I don't leave the floor, I don't lose my way
Know you got a right to be another entity
Now you got a right to be another entity
Yeah you got a right to be another entity
Track Name: Wasted Space
Here's a wasted space for a wasted mind
and a wasted time for a wasted mind
Track Name: The Human Shell
Leave the place you know so well, DNA, the human cell.
The inner self, what we could be, leave it all to history
Fall apart and lose the mind,
Leave no traces, for them to find.
You and me, we are the same.
We're exhausted of this game
Take a hit, let's rise above
Don't look down, I know we're loved.
Moving up, right out of here
to leave the body, leave the fear.
DNA, the human cell,
the inner self,
What you will be.
The inner cell, what you will be.
This album is perfect for the times when you want to unwind from the daily stressors of life (work, relationships, el chapo). I like to listen to it while cooking dinner. The songs will inspire creative endeavors. So pretty, textured, & lush. Jerri_Noiseburger<=_=>
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