Protean Threat

Oh Sees - Protean Threat
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2020 Ratings: #418 / 590
User Score
Based on 72 ratings
2020 Ratings: #359
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September 18, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Castle Face / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Louder Than War

It’s those oxymoronical twists and turns that make Osees a delight to hear from every time as they power through their blend of scuzzy garage psych-punk and throw everything possible at you, just to keep you on your toes.

80
Uncut
Osees, the latest incarnation of the Oh Sees, debuted last year with a 40-minute two-track electronica ambient instrumental, but here John Dwyer returns to thrashing, galloping warped punk, albeit with a more pronounced funk feel.
80
Loud and Quiet

OSees are skipping across a plethora of musical touchstones, and continuing to blaze their own trail as expansive psych-rock pioneers.

80
AllMusic

Much of the album has the jagged, buzzing insanity of early Oh Sees records, but where those records were blasts of noise, here the jazz and prog influences the band have gotten into so deeply invest the songs with a chewy oddness that helps them hit harder than they might otherwise.

70
Exclaim!

Even though Protean Threat proves to be an adventurous, quirky and downright strange album at times, Osees manage keep the whole thing sonically grounded and consumable, all while keeping Dwyer's winning streak impossibly alive.

60
Mojo

The restless vigour of Protean Threat ... testifies to the invigorating properties of that breakfast of champions.

60
NME

There will be moments at which you'll wonder which parts of this wildly diverse album you’re actually supposed to be enjoying, but it's certainly never boring.

MasterCrackfox
75
Osees may continue to shorten their name over the last few years, going from Thee Oh Sees to Oh Sees and now to this incarnation of the group, but their sound here remains wholly intact as it has for a very long time. The psych-rock outfit have continued to expand their massive discography by at least one album a year for almost two decades now since their OCS days, now putting out their twenty third big damn album.

What is most impressive about Osees collection of albums is that they rarely, ... read more
Muratka
87
Beautiful, incredibly rushed Oh Sees are shown at Protean Threat.
JAZZYCHIEF
74
This album sounds like what I imagine stumbling through Times Square on mescaline feels like.
Stankysauce
76
Their more recent albums have been plagued by jam sessions extended WAYYYY longer than necessary.
But on this album they restrict their lengths to be much shorter, usually somewhere around 2-4 minutes. And just like before, the longer tracks (while not even being long) are much more boring than the usually thrilling and addicting short tracks peppered throughout. The guitars are fuzzy, the drums are groovy, the riffs are catchy, and the vocals are weird. Definitely recommend this to anyone ... read more
ElectricMess
NR
Wow this sure is Another Oh Sees Thee Oh Sees Osees album
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Track List

  1. Scramble Suit II
  2. Dreary Nonsense
  3. Upbeat Ritual
  4. Red Study
  5. Terminal Jape
  6. Wing Run
  7. Said the Shovel
  8. Mizmuth
  9. If I Had My Way
  10. Toadstool
  11. Gong of Catastrophe
  12. Canopnr '74
  13. Persuaders Up!
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Added on: July 28, 2020