Exposé Online banner

Oddplay — Soundscape
(Bandcamp no#, 2020, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-02-20

Soundscape Cover art

Oddplay is two Bulgarian guys, Itso Nikoloff and Alexander Enev, who love psychedelic stoner rock. They formed Oddplay in August 2019, writing and recording music in Alexander’s home studio. And to date they’ve released three albums: Wonderland (March 2020), Urban Shades (May 2020), and Soundscape (September 2020); quite prolific for a young band. Soundscape is a set of eleven instrumentals spanning 40 minutes, so obviously no extended jams, just fully developed ideas of the right duration that leave you thirsting for more. Oddplay is great, sometimes reminding me of Mugstar and Dead Flowers. Each tune has a unique vibe, be it buzzsaw gutsy guitar or distorted belt sander, dirge rock, simple grooves, shoe gazer, gothic Western, or melodic psych. In my opinion, the best track is the album closer, “Voyage,” with its melodic riff all wrapped up nicely in two minutes. The song titles are suitably psychedelic, especially “Sad Cat Eating Wet Bread.” Overall an excellent independent album worithy of notice and one sure to please all stoner rock fans.

Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): Oddplay

More info

Latest news

New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Ron E. Carter - Play Hendrix – Covering the Jimi Hendrix catalogue requires skill as well as thought about which arrangements to interpret and which ones not to disturb. Stevie Ray Vaughn’s cover of “Voodoo Chile -...  (2002) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues