It’s difficult to avoid getting disillusioned by the myriad of homogenous music that is constantly being released. However, Thee Oh Sees have been combating this trend by putting out records that are consistently a breath of fresh air for music listeners, spanning a colossal spectrum of sounds, timbres, and themes. Their forthcoming record, Floating Coffin — out April 16 via Castle Face Records — is no exception to this prolific, musical phenomenon.
The songs on Floating Coffin, according to frontman, John Dwyer, reflect the attitudes of one experiencing a world perpetually consumed by war. It features songs like “Toe Cutter—Thumb Buster,” which lays down a deep, subterranean groove that harmoniously clashes with Dwyer’s delicate falsetto — all alluding to our desensitization to the atrocities that occur daily. However, in typical Thee Oh Sees fashion, they juxtapose these emotions with a whimsical song like “Minotaur,” which, rather than focusing on war, highlights the voyage to make reality of your destiny. From dreary to optimistic, this diverse collection of songs undulates and keeps you on your toes.
Along with having composed a massive catalogue of music with Thee Oh Sees, Dwyer has built up his chops by penning songs for his other projects including Coachwhips and Pink and Brown. Nevertheless, he remains primarily committed to Thee Oh Sees, bringing his multifaceted songwriting talent to the table, as is apparent on Floating Coffin. Though the record features a predominantly lugubrious overtone with flecks of sunshine, it is evident that Thee Oh Sees are very far from hitting the final nail in the coffin.
For proof, don’t miss them at this year’s Filter Magazine SXSW 2013 Day Party on March 16th at Clive Bar — 6PM.