An epic reinterpretation of an epic album. Oceanic is the 2002 album from Isis, rightly viewed as masterpiece of post-hardcore aggression and hypnorock velocity. Isis' open-ended riffs for guitar, bass, and drum are the swollen, mutant descendants of rock minimalism, where the crescendo and control dictate the dynamics of a song, not necessarily melody and harmony. By 2005, Isis had commissioned a number of remixes from Oceanic that were originally a series of 4 singles, then compiled onto a double cd and vinyl boxset.
In describing the inception to the project, Isis frontman Aaron Turner suggests, "we thought would understand the original aesthetic/intent while simultaneously bringing their own perspective to it. We wanted to be able to hear our own music from an alternate perspective and were hoping these artists would help reveal some of the latent aspects of our music, with a special emphasis on texture and atmosphere."
Those asked to participate were all artists with whom Isis had direct involvement as tourmates and/or profound admiration, including Christian Fennesz, Tim Hecker, Mike Patton, JK Broadrick, James Plotkin, Thomas Köner, Venetian Snares, Deadverse, Destructo Swarmbots, Speedranch, Ayal Naor, and Teledubgnosis. The remixes essentially fracture the originals emphasizing and magnifying particular facets and idiosyncrasies to the Isis sound. Fennesz with his signal heterodyned miasma and Hecker with his two blurred soundpools of radioluminescence expand Isis' art of the drone.
The Isis dynamics of explode and release are furthered by Ayal Naor and JK Broadrick. Electronic dub of varying depths of deep sea exploration are plumbed by Thomas Köner, Deadverse, and Technodubgnosis. The unconventional turns come from James Plotkin with his Lowery organ reconstruction of Isis' open-ended riffs, the paisley-pop cavalcade from Mike Patton, and the spry electro-funk from Venetian Snares.