Ossia-Devil’s Dance: Album Review

Dan Davies definitely gets the underground epoch. His work as Ossia casts a hyper-large net through dub, punk, techno, you-name-it.  On Devil’s Dance there’s 14 minute songs that float along, highlighted by a spacey sax solo and a quasi-pop single in “Dub Hell” that could maybe end off a late night Laurel Halo DJ set. The album could’ve probably used a bit more focus, but like the intentionally low-pressure second half of the surprise Grouper/Liz Harris release as Nivhek, the work doesn’t always demand attention, rather electing to build a well-developed environment for the listener to live in for a little while.  Maybe let it soundtrack a late-night study session or something.

-Donovan Burtan

7/10

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