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Beggars is finally reissuing Oceansize's second LP, Everyone Into Position.  Outside of a MOV reissue, this has been out of print for a long time.
Preorders are live and should be shipping in June (so they say).  Not a bad price given the current pricing of 2xLPs.

https://arkivestore.beggars.com/everyone-into-position

 

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Manchester rock band OCEANSIZE built a career and reputation of constructing sonic soundscapes from out of nowhere into the most monolithic, dynamic behemoths heard in aeons. The band formed in 1998 and released four albums before calling it a day in 2011. They gained favorable comparisons in the press to bands like Mogwai, Tool, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, My Bloody Valentine, Can, and Faith No More among others. Oceansize challenged themselves and thus by the same token ensured the listener doesn't become comfortable while listening. And let's face it, - comfortable is, after all, boring.

Everyone Into Position was Oceansize’s second studio album and saw the band scale new heights of grandiose with ethereal and utterly captivating music that is brooding, dark, spacey, empowering, sprawling and at times angelic. Beggars Arkive will be reissuing it on June 3rd. The double album will be pressed on splattered yellow vinyl.

Taking its title from the band's observations of how apathetic the world was becoming in 2005 and the pseudo-caring mentality that was sweeping the nation at that time, Everyone Into Position is an album that explores every emotion, sweeping the listener up in its beauty, its wholeness and musical greatness.

The album was recorded and produced by Dan Austin at The Works Studio in Stockport, UK and mixed at Sarm Studios, London, by Coldplay producer Danton Supple.

The Soundgarden-esque opener “The Charm Offensive” tells of an inner feeling of political corruptness. “Heaven Alive” - is packed with a new-found groove, and deals with drug taking and the verbal bullshit that transpires. But it's the final three songs on the album that are arguably some of Oceansize's most brilliant moments. Described by the singer Mike Vennart as the 'church suite' - listen to “Mine Host”, “You Can't Keep A Bad Man Down” and “Ornament / The Last Wrongs” collectively and you understand just what Mike means. From the simplicity of “Mine Host”, through to the crushing, middle finger to the world angst of “You Can't Keep..” through to the hymn-like closer, it's the ultimate climatic finale on any modern rock album.

“…good music is often difficult because it forces the listener to make connections rather than just giving everything away on the first listen. Such is the case with this release, and repeated listens yield rewards. What, on first listen, sound like sprawling and unwieldy compositions coalesce into beautifully-orchestrated chaos.”
- POPMATTERS

 

 

 


Effloresce is still available too - for $20 no less.

https://arkivestore.beggars.com/effloresce

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I have an original, that i showed on YouTube when I made a video about 'Size many years ago.

 

I'd pick up this reissue if the price and availability happens. I do wonder if 1 of the local stores in my hometown will order a few per they did with the Effloresce issue a few years ago.

What I really want is Music forNurses

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1 minute ago, highfives said:

Mike seems to think there will be 5000 pressed, which should make these easy to come by.

 

It also sounds like a lot of local shops will be getting them.

Nice. I haven't seen anything from him on this yet. When they remastered Effloresce there was a lot more pre-release communication from him like a photo of him and few other band members outside the mastering studio where he mentioned doing the mastering off of the original analog tape which is catnip for me.

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2 hours ago, mcpherson123 said:

Nice. I haven't seen anything from him on this yet. When they remastered Effloresce there was a lot more pre-release communication from him like a photo of him and few other band members outside the mastering studio where he mentioned doing the mastering off of the original analog tape which is catnip for me.

He's been talking a little bit about it on both Instagram and Facebook, but really only started today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CbfmwqSspfN/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

I remember him talking about this happening a while ago, maybe on his Patreon or something.  I just didn't know it was dropping now.
 

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19 hours ago, highfives said:

Mike seems to think there will be 5000 pressed, which should make these easy to come by.

 

It also sounds like a lot of local shops will be getting them.

As suggested by him on The Facebook I reached out to my local store to see if they could order me a copy. They said they would look into it, but they "believe it might be a direct to customer release", whatever that means.

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