pg.lost
Oscillate


4.5
superb

Review

by Brinner USER (3 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2020 | 46 replies


Release Date: 11/20/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A remarkable ray of light as we wave goodbye to a dark 2020, pg.lost set themselves a new marker.

For fans of the band, it has been four nerve-wracking years wondering whether pg.lost's next record can lift the band out of a bit of a rut, not to mention years of radio silence and the added financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic throwing the future of many bands into disquiet. Previous records 'Key' and 'Versus' are both solid in their own right, but they had more than a whiff of stagnation about them, as if the band were searching for a new and darker identity but not being altogether comfortable on their journey towards that goal. The imprint left by these records faded all too quickly. With 'Oscillate', pg.lost have set a new marker for themselves and exorcised the spectre of their debut.

The title track kicks off the record in fine style, with deliberate and brooding arpeggio layers building to a thunderous climax and Martin Hjertstedt's pounding drums sitting perfectly in the mix alongside Kristian Karlsson's full-fat bass tone. Pg.lost have always produced their records immaculately, in their own studio no less, but with 'Oscillate' they have backed up their studio know-how with a songwriting strength not seen since 2008's excellent 'It's Not Me, It's You!'.

I'm keen at this point not to fall into the track-by-track review style, so instead I'll move on to the pacing and layout of 'Oscillate' which is damn near perfect. A prior criticism of the band would be the occasional slow and meandering passages that lack a solid foundation to back up the building suspense; with the eventual pay-off not being worth the time invested. In the case of 'Oscillate' you have introspective tracks like 'Waves' bookended by the cinematic 'Suffering' and the absolute melt-face headbanger that is 'Eraser'. It's an immensely satisfying trifecta to listen to and shows the confidence the band had in their own ideas, despite having to share many compositional thoughts and recordings via zoom rehearsals.

A key identifier for the band has always been the emotive and lyricless vocals of Kristian Karlsson, used as an added instrumental layer throughout their discography, though sadly lacking on their previous record, 'Versus'. Happily, they make a strong and compelling return on 'Oscillate' and correlate with the strongest tracks on the record. Kristian's vocals elevate 'Shelter' to dizzying heights as the track soars to its conclusion, while the stunning album closer 'The Headless Man' has notable parallels to Mew's 'Comforting Sounds', enlivening the listener with its tear-jerking final chorus.

Without wanting to sound too cliché with the darkness of the pandemic and the events of our world in general, I feel pg.lost have released 'Oscillate' at just the right time. This year has been shrouded in uncertainty and personal loss for so many and, at times, it makes you wonder what disaster could come next and whether we have the stomach to handle it. The meaning of oscillate though, is to swing back and forth, and we're all well overdue a swing to something a little brighter.

Here's to a better 2021, Sputnikmusic.


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Brinner
November 22nd 2020


71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A little hastily written, but this album has really resonated with me and is a perfect tonic for this year, in my opinion. It's is a wonderfully cathartic listen from start to finish.

DarkNoctus
November 22nd 2020


11463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this is *so* good



it does rely on quite a few post-rock clichés but it's so fresh and sound wise it's just gorgeous. their mixture of electronic and synth is like a much darker, climactic leech and it's beautiful.

Digging: Kauan - Ice Fleet

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2020


7113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Lovely write up. Hype for this. I loved their debut, but nothing has clicked for me since.

Uzumaki
November 22nd 2020


2916 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoyed this. “Shelter” is a clear standout for me.

Digging: MJC - Survive

Get Low
November 22nd 2020


9887 Comments


need to check

hogan900
November 22nd 2020


3206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

while the stunning album closer 'The Headless Man' has notable parallels to Mew's 'Comforting Sounds', enlivening the listener with its tear-jerking final chorus.



This has me crazy excited

pollastrerostit
November 22nd 2020


371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

HYPED AF

Nice review too! Posd

Darius The Imposter
November 22nd 2020


22841 Comments


I haven't heard of these dudes. Good little review sir, will check them out

Slex
November 22nd 2020


11018 Comments


Headless Man is crazy good

Not hearing what everyone else is otherwise, but this ain't bad

Digging: The Armed - Ultrapop

Brinner
November 22nd 2020


71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the positive feedback, folks. Appreciated.

Tyler.
November 23rd 2020


18364 Comments


is this good

DarkNoctus
November 23rd 2020


11463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

no

Coolguyhal
November 23rd 2020


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ayyy was one of the first to review this

Get Low
November 23rd 2020


9887 Comments


I'm quite impressed by this

DreamAgain
November 23rd 2020


1691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

So glad this got a review =) Prob #2 for my AOTY behind IA.



I still prefer their "slow meandering" earlier material though. Never understood the hate for their first couple of albums, they are incredible.

wildinferno2010
November 23rd 2020


1350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That good, eh? Sweet. Hope I love this.



Sick review, dude

gravityswitch
November 23rd 2020


470 Comments


Versus was crazy good and Shelter is a very nice single, have high hopes for this.

DreamAgain
November 23rd 2020


1691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That last track on Versus though. Lord

wildinferno2010
November 23rd 2020


1350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Starting to think I've well and truly burnt myslf out on post-rock. Halfway throuh and this doesn't sound like anything special to me

Pikazilla
November 23rd 2020


15590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A Golevka fan giving this a high score? Ait, count me in, will listen today.



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