That fits the mood: the guitars reverberating like they’re bouncing off underpass walls, Rhodes piano slinking through various scenes, and the pre-worn bruiser vocals of Archy Marshall all continue the picturesque industrial romance of debut 6 Feet Beneath The Moon.
Where his debut featured sneering, leering guitar pop amid genre-bending, The OOZ is all Hammett, Chandler, and Bogart, doubling down on his jazz influences, conjuring an ambiguous downtown where smoke billows from every sewer grate, fires burn in every alley, and mysteries lurk in every window. Like in all those stories, the protagonist here is inevitably ineffectual. The OOZ confirms Marshall as a preternatural no-hoper.
The OOZ is out October 13 via XL/Remote Control.