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 triptychs final chapter will finally ready for consumption and contemplation on June 7th via Jagjaguwar.
Those not familiar with the groups 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 O. Absolute 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 Whats 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 bands Brooklyn waterfront studio, and fans can get a chance to see the band in action when they hit the Portishead-curated stateside version of Ill Be Your Mirror alongside the likes of Neutral Milk Hotels 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.
Absolute II Tracklist:
03. Gray Area
04. Absolute II