Hypnoticon is the first new release by London’s Teeth of the Sea
since their acclaimed debut album Orphaned by the Ocean was
released in early 2009.
Since their debut was released Teeth of the Sea have been taking
their unique sound around the UK’s stages and blowing-away
acolytes whilst touring with the likes of Oneida, Wooden Shjips
and The Heads, and playing several festivals including Offset and
Concrete and Glass; their set at the latter was subsequently to
make an appearance on Channel 4.
Now Rocket Recordings are proud to introduce Hypnoticon, an
EP of new material from Teeth of the Sea.
The EP kicks off with the track In the Space Capsule (Love
Theme), and Queen fans amongst us will recognise this track as
a cover version of a track from the Flash Gordon soundtrack. The
band covered the entire album in front of the film (and in costume)
on New Years Eve 2009, and this track struck such a nerve that
it became the opener of their live set, and was thus committed
spectacularly to posterity.
Those of you that witnessed their sets on the recent Oneida tour
may recognise the second track Hypnoticon Viva as their set
closer. An in-your-face keyboard-driven psychedelic juggernaut,
it combines a formidable acid-fried propulsion with a white-light
rock imperative that joins the cosmic dots between Spacemen 3
and Iron Maiden to euphoric effect.
Finally, we have the track The Island is, a 11 minute travelogue of
haunting ambience and panoramic melancholia that showcases
Teeth of the Sea at their most mournful, cinematic and
This EP is a forerunner to the second Teeth of the Sea album
which is due to hit the racks early summer June 2010, with a full
UK tour and festival appearances already being planned.
Just when you thought that Teeth Of The Sea couldn't surpass the sublime "Master" album, they pull this baby out of the bag. A record that's disturbing and beautiful in equal measures, there's so much successful musical experimentation going on that I'm actually quite jealous. G L Wilson
A head spinning mix of heavy beats and basslines, live horns, glitchy electronics and washes of ambiance that somehow mesh into cohesive and compelling songs. One of my favourite recent discoveries. MetalDipshit