Cosmic Shift by Ollocs begins with a soft fireside tale called “Threads of Life.” Gentle pats of hand drums accompanied by simple but distinct guitar fingering, this is an instrumental melody that brings fondness, uplift of spirit and hope. Nil of lyrics, the song apprises a story in itself with its creamy instrumentals. Just as the tune is entitled “Threads of Life” it follows this pattern as it oscillates in and out of light harmonic simplicities and deeper emotional constructions.
Progressing into the song “Cinco” the album begins to take on a more Latin-inspired sound with a Spanish guitar rhythm. A symphony of guitar strumming and a steady easy contribution of handheld percussion, the song feels meaningful and powerful in its softness. There is no demand to be heard in this album, it is merely a gift with which the listener will gladly accept. There is a flow of expression and congruence amongst the band members. I imagine them as mostly eyes closed while playing. Since the band has known each other for a long time, having all met and started writing music together in high school, they most obviously speak a language at this point that has no need to be expressed verbally but rather simply is felt.
There is no crippling attempt to give one member of the band limelight more than the other. We are merely observers in a conversation happening between these soft, nurturing sequences. Dreamy, peachy riffs with warm golden dances of fingering techniques, presents an extremely easy listening piece. Great music to listen to gather creativity and inspiration, or to nurture a broken piece of the self that needs mended. The sound healing alone within this album is tremendous. You can sense dendrites in your brain thriving, as it’s classical, however forward thinking poetic rhythmics take the listener on an adventure of sound. There are no sudden jolts of cellular assault within the piece. The entire album has a cream like, silken audio algorithm.
Moving into the song “Steps to Horizon” the overall theme and feeling of hope that is presented in this album can be felt more than ever, offering the listener a chance to feel a positive effect from the uplifting convergence of sounds they are creating. Just as stated in the song title, I can feel the effect of the music eliminating the heavy baggage of being a human, making me lighter and the horizon of emancipation of worldly problems seem to be in sight.
The whole album Cosmic Shift does that just that for its listener. It brings you into the light by allowing its free flowing imaginative rhythms to whisk you away from the troubles of the world. There is a shift that can be truly felt after listening to the whole album. It is a story without words that teaches so much and gives you a peek at the door out of worldly sorrows into a nebulous cosmic existence of magical high vibrational emotion. Definitely a dream soundtrack or one to create to. Listening to this album is akin to a great yoga class, breath work class, or meditation session. Overall it is a beautiful work of art that I highly recommend checking out
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