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Oneida completes Thank Your Parents trilogy with Absolute II

on April 26, 2011, 11:40am

For the past three years, Brooklyn-based kraut-edelic, electro-rock minimalists, Oneida, have spent their free time crafting the separate parts of their three-volume opus, Thank Your Parents, and now the band – whose members have stage names like Kid Millions and Bobby Matador – have announced that the triptych’s final chapter will finally ready for consumption and contemplation on June 7th via Jagjaguwar.

Those not familiar with the group’s latest work might be surprised to find that Absolute II only boasts four tracks, but Oneida has a reputation for being delightfully discursive with their recordings, and fans should expect something only somewhat similar to the second installment of Parents – a triple-album titled Rated OAbsolute II may complete the trifecta (which clocks in at just over three hours all together), but the record seemingly takes the band into new sonic territory.

Where Rated O­ bounced around and everywhere in between the frantic drumming of “What’s Up Jackal?” and the throbbing riffs of “I Will Haunt You”, the first taste of Absolute II (a snippet of “Horizon”, which is streaming below) is a five-and-half-minute sonic offering that is mostly devoid of any rhythmic or harmonic qualities. Instead, the track seems to want to lull listeners into a state of comatose contemplation with droning tones and what sound like glitchy vocal samples.

It was all recorded at the band’s Brooklyn waterfront studio, and fans can get a chance to see the band in action when they hit the Portishead-curated stateside version of  I’ll Be Your Mirror alongside the likes of Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Magnum, Bonnie Prince Billy, Swan, and Battles, amongst others. Oneida is slated to play “Ocropolis III” at the festival, and if the first or second installments of “Live at the Ocropolis” are any indication, then expect another ten-hour jam session as the band is slated to once again play an all-day set at the Asbury Lanes Bowling Alley on October 1st.

More information on the festival is available here, and you can preview “Horizon” from Absolute II, which is streaming below. The album art can be seen above and preorders are going on at Amazon.com.

Oneida – “Horizon” (Snippet)

Absolute II Tracklist:
01. Pre-Human
02. Horizon
03. Gray Area
04. Absolute II

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