North Atlantic Oscillation - Callsigns EP

Edinburgh trio's introductory EP whets the appetite for an already recorded debut album

Single Review by Finbarr Bermingham | 22 Oct 2009
  • North Atlantic Oscillation - Callsigns EP
Single title: Callsigns EP
Artist: North Atlantic Oscillation
Label: Kscope
Release date: 2 Nov

This space-rocking, be-bopping, genre-hopping Edinburgh trio’s debut EP is an ambitious affair. With two originals, a cover and a remix (courtesy of Kscope label mates Engineers), it may not sound substantial, but stylistically there’s a lot going on. Opening track, Cell Count is a joyously cosmic electronic cut – equal parts Flaming Lips and FOUND – which has just enough hook to prevent it from floating away on the breeze. It makes way for Ceiling Poem, which despite being a meatier, more frenzied effort, doesn’t quite match the heights of its predecessor. NAO’s cover version of choice speaks volumes about their promise; their take on ‘50s doo-wop number I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos is tuneful, experimental and a lush show-stopper.

Supporting Cymbals Eat Guitars at Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh on 16 Nov.