Memory of a Cut Off Head

OCS - Memory of a Cut Off Head
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #471 / 712
User Score
Based on 18 ratings
November 17, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Castle Face / Label
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Pretty and understated throughout ... Head commutes between pastoral, homestead-y compositions that sound like landscape paintings, and the dreamy baroque-pop of 1960s vanguards.


Dwyer and co-conspirator Brigid Dawson take a step away from the pounding power of the Oh Sees in favor of something hazily psychedelic and expansive, a little bit folky and rustic, with every nook and cranny filled by a wide array of instruments meticulously arranged into something that would make the Incredible String Band sit up and take notice


Delicate, enchanting, and altogether intangible, ‘Memory Of A Cut Off Head’ is a venture into the unexpected.

The 405

It’s not a raucous garage rock party, going in a much folkier direction with plenty of beautiful orchestral instrumentation, such as harpsichord, strings, and woodwinds. Though the sound is more subdued and the instrumentation is often picturesque, this is by no means a bucolic album.

A.V. Club

Although Memory Of A Cut Off Head might benefit from some more garage-rock grit and aggression here and there, its manicured tranquility leaves a lasting impression.

The Line of Best Fit

This time around, the volume is dialled down and the reverb restrained, their usual brand of face-melting fretwork traded in for a folkier style.


Memory of a Cut Off Head essentially leaves the amps at home. Instead, it reverses hard into baroque, acoustic, and otherwise more delicate songs of a softer, slower psychedelic vein. The intensity, much like the spelling, is reduced by 70%.

The Skinny

While an intriguing return to Dwyer's roots and to Dawson's charming voice, Memory of a Cut Off Head is a typically strange experience from OCS and one which might not translate to newer fans of the band looking for their trademark psyche-punk sound.

Nov 1, 2017
I loved when the Oh Sees cooled it down every now and then. The two first singles of the album were pointing the way. And the way is sweet.
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#55/Piccadilly Records

Track List

  1. Memory of a Cut Off Head
  2. Cannibal Planet
  3. The Remote Viewer
  4. The Baron Sleeps and Dreams
  5. On and On Corridor
  6. Neighbor to None
  7. The Fool
  8. The Chopping Block
  9. Time Tuner
  10. Lift a Finger By The Garden Path
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Added on: August 28, 2017