It does not take a large essemble to create something to remember. Many solo artists have proven that on their own, when either they launch their career initially as a solo or coming out from other previous bands. It doesn’t take a large number of instruments to blow your mind. There are some music genius that have created this great pieces with one or two instruments alone.
Oculus by Sky Orchid works as a great a example for the aforementioned statement. Made up of two bothers, Gabriel and Daniel Traknyak, the album fits perfectly in the honest and raw category. The band has managed to capture the essence of what would you expect at one of their live shows. Their subjective lyrics dive into different themes and therefore, meanings, as every listener gets to decode a different message. Drums and the synthesizer play a major role, one bringing out the rhythm and the other epicness into each song. Gabriel’s melodic vocals also adds a new set of layers making every song more interesting. They reminded me a lot to the likes of Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and in some instances, a mild and down tempo version of Nine Inch Nails. Speaking of pace, the album delves into different speeds between each song, sometimes even within the same track.
The album has its flaws, sure, like while the album is mostly epic throughout, you do get to stumble upon some boring that kill it out for me. Luckily the band knows how to pick up the pieces and deliver. And like they say, everyone loves a comeback and this album is filled with them. At the very beginning as well, the song felt a bit hollow in the way that it felt there was something missing. It was trying to be loud, but there was certain restrain. Again, the duo knows how to fix this about the second or three tune.
Criteria - 95%
In the end, Oculus knows how to pull out some great results considering the few resources the band seem to struggle with. You give them some more cash and better audio system and immediately you will get the greatest album ever made. Sky Orchid is the very own definition of a "diamond in a rough." If they keep it, great things await for this band. In the meantime, don't let for them to become that big and jump into the wagon now.