"Enrique El Cobrador" - Oh Sees [YouTube Music Video]

California psych-rockers premiere graphic new video for 'Smote Reverser' track
Jared Gibbons

by Jared Gibbons

Published November 15, 2018

Perpetually-active psychedelic outfit Oh Sees have premiered the animated visual for "Enrique El Cobrador."  Watch it above via YouTube.

On "Enrique El Cobrador," Oh Sees' sound continues to break boundaries and cross genres, this time taking on doom metal influence.  The cut is from their 2018 album, Smote Reverser, draws a considerable amount from classic metal, with slower tempos, a thicker production style, bluesy guitar solos, pipe organ shredding, and extended jams.  This track, save for the tempo, is no exception.

Despite clear sonic experimentation, the track is still instantly recognizable as Oh Sees.  John Dwyer's signature high pitched vocals, abstract lyricism, and distorted guitar tone help retain the band's identity by adding to classic influences as opposed to directly copying them.

The visual, co-animated by Massimo Colarusso and Alexis Giroux and directed by Giroux, features what can only be described as murderous alien creatures in an alternate universe.  While it is apparent that there is some kind of conflict causing them to fight each other, that is as far as the plot goes — whether or not their fighting is based in anything or just for survival is simply not the point.  Over the course of the track's 3:53 length, there are decapitations, open chest cavities, creatures being split in half, and a monolithic god-like creature.

Primary emphasis is placed on the gory, visually stimulating nature of the animation and a conscious effort to be as weird as possible.  It pairs perfectly with the group's aggressive and off-kilter sound, shocking as it may be.

Oh Sees currently has one festival date scheduled in May, plus two nights in Brooklyn under their freak-folk semi-side-project moniker OCS.

For more information and concert tickets, check out their Zumic artist page

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