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New Album: One Eyed Oracle "Really Small Town"

One of the very first artists we featured here, way back when, was One Eyed Oracle, the indie-folk brainchild of Canada-based Boris Buhot.

When we first heard One Eyed Oracle, it was with the promise that a new album was being worked on.

We were teased with the reggae-infused and insanely catchy "Really Small Town" which includes a rap section by Kalask. It shouldn't work... but it certainly does.

This was followed by the hyperactive rock track "ALL I Am" with it's acrobatic bass and Buhot's distinctive vocals. It shouldn't work but again, it does.

And so to the album. It's a nine track collection of gloriously individual tracks that place One Eyed Oracle in that exclusive club of having no definable genre label. Opening with "Broken Trail Of Lies", you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be an album of alt-rock. The music is Bowie-esque. The vocals are Lou Reed-esque.

"I'll See You" is a surprise, almost a modern country pop song with an upbeat bedtrack and a reminder of just how diverse this album is. If you were not sure yet, the next two tracks "Black Days" and "Cast Away" will throw you well out of the comfort bubble you might have formed, going from a loud rock song to a toe-tapping folky-sounding, accordion-filled bundle of pure joy!

The whole album is like finding a hidden chest of precious gems, each song is so far removed from the next. Don't think that you can sit down, listen to this album and imagine what the next song is going to be like because it doesn't work like that. Instead, think of it as a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get.


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