Copper Lung (2009)
If this had lyrics, it’d sort of sound like Small Brown Bike’s Nail Yourself To The Ground, one of my favorite records of all time. Ambient and hypnotic, Nothing Collapses by Oceans is an instrumental record, which of course means no one in the band sings. The weird idea of throwing a violin player in the mix manages to work despite automatically making you think “Oh shit, I hope this isn’t like Yellowcard”, which is perhaps the best part of the whole thing. I hate to admit it, but I’m really picky about music like this, and starting off your instrumental album with a song that’s 8 minutes long doesn’t really do much for me. Honestly, Oceans aren’t that bad, they’re obviously incredibly talented musicians, but a huge part of why I love music is not just the sound but also the lyrics. I can stand an instrumental track or two on a record on occasion, but this album pushed it just a bit too much for me. Still, if you’re interested in something different and not necessarily dictated by the lyrics and a “message”, then check Oceans out.