The Wedding

The Wedding

by Oneida

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Overview

Oneida have become one of the more rewarding groups in experimental music in the mid-2000s, since they're so unfailingly curious about all their detours. Catatonic psych-rock, heavy blues dirge, post-punk, garage, the anxious blipping of a vintage keyboard -- it's all fair territory for them. 2005's Wedding is no different. Hanoi Jane, Kid Millions, and Bobby Matador drop some inventive pop with "You're Drifting" and "High Life," two songs with real melodies that still manage the unlikely instrumentation and the misdirection you've come to expect. A violin punctuates an exalted ending chorus, blurry organs wail, and -- of course -- someone pisses in Prospect Park. Both songs are like more lucid versions of those Eric Gaffney contributions on Sebadoh's old albums. ("Holy Picture" on III being just one example.) But that's only one facet of Wedding. Speaking of violins, the album begins with "Eiger," where the Swiss mountaintop becomes a place for proclamations to pretty German girls and a full chamber quartet. "Run Through My Hair" matches a brittle mandolin to electric guitar stabs and treated drums for some great psyche weirdness, while "Heavenly Choir" is some clammy sewer drain version of 1970s boogie rock, like an alternate universe Edgar Winter Group. None of these tangents sound forced, or made for the sake of being screwy. Instead they're twisty vines off a central root. So when Oneida opens the nearly eight-minute "Beginning Is Nigh" with a light saber warble and some steadily building organ, you know you're in for a ride. Unfortunately, you're not -- there's a guy mumbling, and a guitar making some noise, but nothing really happens. That's okay, though. Oneida come right back with "August Morning Haze," which brings the strings back to match wits with the liquid tones of a Rhodes and some more impressive vocal harmonies. Wedding might not be Oneida's most way-out album, but it's as satisfyingly restless as anything in their catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Jagjaguwar
UPC: 0656605206523
catalogNumber: 65
Rank: 189644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oneida   Primary Artist
Brad Truax   Bass,Bass Guitar
Amond Davison   Guitar
Cornelius Dufallo   Violin
Nicolas Vernhes   Percussion
Chris Turco   Drums
Kid Millions   Group Member
Barry London   Sitar
Hanoi Jane   Group Member
Bobby Matador   Group Member
Marla Hansen   Violin,Viola
Emily Manzo   Piano
Adam Davison   Guitar
Brian Coughlin   Double Bass
Leigh Stuart   Cello
Baby Hanoi Jane   Group Member
Phil Manley   Guitar
John Marcus   Violin

Technical Credits

Oneida   Composer,Engineer
Nicolas Vernhes   Engineer
Barry London   Engineer

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