North Atlantic Oscillation aren't really like other bands.
For a start, they're named after a bizarre weather phenomenon. Casting a quick gaze over their output to date – 2010's 'Grappling Hooks' and 2012's 'Fog Electric' respectively – reveals a group who are comfortable in their own skin, able to mash together shoegaze, electronics, psychedelic and more.
Blessed with a near ludicrous number of pop hooks, North Atlantic Oscillation are able to piece these elements together into something immediate, something enticing. As we say, they're pretty special.
New album 'The Third Day' is due to be released on October 6th via their old home of Kscope. In an era when the album statement becomes ever more fragmentary the band have pieced the material together as a composite, seamless whole – like a mixtape, or even something a little more classic.
Sam Healy explains: "It's an approach that's been building since his childhood introduction to the work of The Beatles. I think the perfect example of this is 'Abbey Road' the second side of that," he says. "The way that those tracks interweave is absolutely fantastic. Even as a kid I remember thinking 'that's really clever, that's a really interesting way to take advantage of your skills as an album writer rather than just a songwriter."
Ahead of this, Clash is able to unveil a snippet of new material. Rather appropriately named, 'August' has the driving, propulsive energy of 'Leave Them All Behind' era Ride coupled with the songwriting nous of Grandaddy, day, or even early Flaming Lips.
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