2

2

by OCS

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OCS is a side project for John Dwyer, leader/founder of the San Francisco-based Coachwhips -- and like a lot of side projects, OCS doesn't sound anything like the artist's primary gig. The Coachwhips favor a noisy, distorted, raw, primal and hard-rocking blend of alternative rock, punk and garage rock; they aren't very musical, but despite their limitations, Dwyer's Coachwhips are exhilarating and undeniably infectious. OCS, on the other hand, is a lot more reserved and nuanced; 2 is perhaps best described as an experimental, oddly appealing mixture of folk-rock and avant-garde noise rock. On these recordings -- which were made over a two-year period from 2001-2003 -- Dwyer plays a calm, reflective, even pastoral acoustic guitar that interacts with bizarre collages of dissonant electro-noise. It's almost as if he united the picker school of acoustic folk-rock guitar playing -- that is, musicians like John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Peter Lang and Stefan Grossman -- with the noisemakers of rock's avant-garde (although 2 has its share of vocals and isn't strictly an instrumental album). People in the jazz world like to describe this type of approach as "inside/outside" -- in other words, contrasting something that is conventional with something that is left of center. 2 isn't jazz, although it demonstrates that inside/outside contrasts can also work well if a musician has folk and rock on his mind. Dwyer's experimentation doesn't always pay off on this eccentric album; occasionally, he stumbles and drops the ball. But more often than not, the things that he tries are successful -- and overall, the folk-rock acoustic guitar and the dissonant electro-noise have an odd way of complementing one another. This enjoyably intriguing, if slightly uneven, release makes one hope that Dwyer will have more OCS projects outside of Coachwhips.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2004
Label: Narnack Records
UPC: 0825807701628
catalogNumber: 7016
Rank: 42947

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