Isis
Oceanic: Remixes and Reinterpretations


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Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
May 10th, 2006 | 18 replies | 9,426 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The one thing I�ve always liked about Isis is their uncanny ability to push their music�s sound to it�s limits and beyond. I find it impressive, however, that they pushed as far as they did. Bringing in such renounced artists together to remix and reinterpret their songs, Isis� Oceanic: Remixes & Reinterpretations, only sounds like a bunch of ludicrous. With such artists as Mike Patton, Tim Hecker, Ayal Naor, JK Broadrick, and more, Isis receive an extended arm to assist them in making their sound more dense, atmospheric, and more original then before. The album contains 13 tracks on two CDs that are all remixes of songs from their sophomore album Oceanic.

Disc 1
The first track on the first disc is Weight (Fennesz Remix), which is more ore less an ambient track full of soft atmospheric synths and clavs. The song is not impressive, and is a poor opener over all for disc 1 of this package. The first real track on the album is False Light (Carry Edit) (Ayal Naor Remix). the song begins with soft, thick ambiance followed by a slow drum beat. The song then bursts into dense guitar and bass riffs followed by the vocals. The track is very powerful, like the original song, but it has a more ambient flavor throughout the auras of crushing sound waves. The song then slows down to a more groove sound as female vocals take over the dominant sound. Hym (Thomas K�ner Remix) is basically another ambient track. But this one has a more powerful atmospheric sound then the first track on disc 1 did. The track has some interesting quirks hidden within it�s dense white noise and helicopter vibes.

The Other (James Plotkin Remix), starts with a very soft and innocent sound, at least until the vocals break through the thick layers of soothing ambiance. The song keeps it�s soothing sound up until about half way through the song, when drums start to play a part. The song slowly progresses as bass is later added along with some guitar backdrop. Although not very dynamic, the song flows well and is definitely a must listen on this CD. Carry (Tim Hecker Remix) (First Version) begins with some thick guitar work and rough guitar skills before giving into the scratchy ambiance and keyboards at the half way mark. The song has a nice flow, though is not quite as good as version two on disc 2. Maritime (Teledubgnosis Remix) also starts off with quiet ambiance, before bass grooves take over the songs atmosphere. Once the drums kick in the ambiance disappears and eventually grows into a dense techno feel. Although a tad off color for Isis, the song is one of the best all instrumental tracks on disc 1.

Maritime (Mike Patton Remix) is the shortest track on the CD. The track sounds like it was taken right off Mr. Bungles' Disco Volante, with it�s childish innocence and quirky loops and noises and short bursts of drums and bass. The song then goes into a conga like ritual sound for a few seconds, leaving bongo grooves in the track until it fades. Definitely a must hear in order to be believed.

Disc 2
The Beginning And The End (Venetian Snares Remix) has some very groovy opening guitar and bass riffs. The song then goes into something you�d think you�d hear in an arcade room, at least until the monster-like vocals kick in, which are looped and twisted so much it�s hard to understand anything. The song also features the same female voice from track 2 of disc 1. Probably the most upbeat and groovy song on the album, the only lacking quality of the song is teh trademark dense atmosphere of Isis. Carry (Tim Hecker Remix) (Second Version) begins similiar to verson one, but has a much more lighter quality to it. The song is very smooth,k and contains some guitar back drop around the middle of the song. The better of the two Carry tracks. False Light (The Oktopus Remix) is another groovy song that contains all the ups of the first False Light and the first track on disc 2. Very dense in atmosphere and swinging with a dark groove gives this song the medal as the best track in this package over all.

If the last track isn�t the best, then the twisted Carry: Like I Will Love Her Forever? (***in Die!!!) (DJ Speedboat Remix) is. Starting with a creepy �Humpty Dumpty� intro sung by little girls, and topped with some twisted riffs and manipulated harsh vocals, the song immediatly grabs the listeners attention. It then calms down and the female voice returns to aid in the soothing melody. the calm flow of the song is randomly interupted throughout by loud, constant howls that are so warped in the remix they can not be understood. The song then gains a more dynamic sound as the guitars return and the vocals become more consistant. From: Sinking, To: Drowning (Destructo Swarmbots Remix) is another long, simple ambient track that has teh twist of sounding like an underwater vessel moving through the water. ALthough not ver dynamic, the track still has presence.

The chaos finally ends with the whopping 14:54 epic Hym (JK Broadrick Remix). The song is packed with heavy riffs and beautiful, holy-like chanting. The riffs change a lot, but are the best proof of Isis� sheer power on this album package. The song eventually calms down and finally fades. Overall, disc 2 is much better then disc 1, and is the recommended first choice of listen with this package.

Pros
-- Great prodution
-- A very unique and original idea
-- It�s Isis with a bit of a more ambient and techno taste
-- A great addition to your Isis collection

Cons
-- A lot of boring ambient tracks
-- Can both soothe you to sleep and scare you awake
-- It�s Isis with a bit of a more ambient and techno taste
-- Not true Isis

Track Listing
Disc 1:
1. Weight (Fennesz Remix) (2.5/5)
2. False Light (Carry Edit) (Ayal Naor Remix) (4/5)
3. Hym (Thomas K�ner Remix) (2.5/5)
4. The Other (James Plotkin Remix) (4/5)
5. Carry (Tim Hecker Remix) (First Version) (3.5/5)
6. Maritime (Teledubgnosis Remix) (3/5)
7. Maritime (Mike Patton Remix) (4.5/5)

Disc 2:
1. The Beginning And The End (Venetian Snares Remix) (4.5/5)
2. Carry (Tim Hecker Remix) (Second Version) (4/5)
3. False Light (The Oktopus Remix) (5/5)
4. Carry: Like I Will Love Her Forever? (***in Die!!!) (DJ Speedboat Remix) (5/5)
5. From: Sinking, To: Drowning (Destructo Swarmbots Remix) (3/5)
6. Hym (JK Broadrick Remix) (4.5/5)



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Cravinov13
May 10th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Don't you all comment at once now

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 10th 2006



16083 Comments


It's a good review, I don't like Isis. There ya go.

TheDevilsOwn
May 10th 2006



91 Comments


I havn't heard much Isis. I heard some of Panoptcon and that's it. This sounds like it may be worth looking into. Awesome review.

Kage
May 10th 2006



1173 Comments


I haven't heard this, though I'm a huge Isis fan. You've convinced me, though, to check it out. I'm definately curious.

supraman_2
May 10th 2006



146 Comments


I loved Oceanic but I'll have to give this a listen, why mess with such a perfect record?

niobium
May 11th 2006



238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some songs are crap, some songs are excellent. Good review.

radianteclipse
May 11th 2006



397 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't like this, because remixing an album as good as Oceanic was a bad idea in the first place. YOu can't remix something that well put together and beautiful. It's like rewriting the Da Vinci code or the Bible...you can't change something that's already near perfect as it is and expect it to be good...it's a shame because every Isis release thus far has been nothing short of spectacular.

Tarantino's Tarantulas
May 11th 2006



819 Comments


"like rewriting the Da Vinci code or the Bible"

The Bible is filled with bigotry, hatred and prejudice, it definitely needs rewriting...Or scrap it altogether and get the idiot masses to realise there is no need to submit your life to dogma and mental enslavement in order to find some sort of meaning or pleasure in the world

AlienEater
May 11th 2006



716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And the Da Vinci Code needs to be destroyed. I regard the as an insult to everyones intelligence. The fact that Dan Brown got rich off it is mind-boggling and disgusting in equal parts.

Cravinov13
May 11th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^^ Agreed to both of you.

canadapantsman
August 30th 2006



236 Comments


...on topic...

I agree it was a bad idea to mess with Oceanic. It makes you expect a masterpiece, and all you get its a bunch of weird ambient tracks having nothing to do with the album... at least from what I could tell.

Like on SGNL>05 they had that Celestial remix (of the song). And maybe if only because Justin Broadrick was the one doing the remixing, maybe just because it had many different sides and passages and such, but it worked really well. it still had the same feel as the original. the only remix i could really pick out here that did the same was Carry

Confessed2005
January 11th 2008



3314 Comments


I don't think I could enjoy Isis songs that weren't done entirely by Isis. Especially from an album as amazing as Oceanic.

ameypv
November 26th 2009



807 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^yea.this album is a mistake

Powerban
November 26th 2009



2380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've only heard the broadrick remix of Hym, that was decent I guess. Is there many other songs that make it worthy of getting this?

Astraea
August 7th 2010



13 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

As a big Isis fan, I could not bring myself to finish either of these discs. Just awful.

kangaroopoo
August 7th 2010



3175 Comments


Some ok, some very ordinary. You're not missing out by avoiding this.

Lambda
August 7th 2010



2417 Comments


Mike Patton? Awesome.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2010



5987 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is quite good at moments.

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