Photo: John Imrie

At once warm and welcoming, The Start Of The End is an album quite unlike anything that The Oscillation have ever released before. Fuelled by optimism and taking stock of what’s good about life and what needs to be jettisoned, the record is a result of spiritual and physical re-charging and cleansing.

Leaving the claustrophobic environs of the big city for a more bucolic backdrop, the change in location has left a profound mark on Demian Castellanos, the creative force behind The Oscillation. Where the exorcism of dark emotions of previous album Untold Futures left Castellanos wondering if he’d ever make music again, his new surroundings stirred something within him.

Demian writes:

“When I made my new home, I allowed myself time to do nothing for a while, and I then started some new songs without worrying about them being on an album. I just wrote with the mindset to put out something positive.

“I did a lot of reflecting on the past and really wanted to change something in myself, but not knowing how and thinking that a lot of people must be feeling the same way.

 “Writing and recording in an environment where I had little contact with people, no hanging out or partying or even having conversations was very interesting.”

 

The result is an album that’s recognisably the work of The Oscillation while pointing to a variety of new directions. Be it the celestial majesty of the title track and video premiere, the melodic infusions that drive opening track ‘War On The Mind’ or the pulsing grooves underpinning ‘Faraway’ and ‘Body Electric’.

Released on May 24 2024 via All Time Low,The Start Of The End is a line in the sand and one that points to a better tomorrow. It can be pre-ordered and purchased here on Bandcamp.

Additionally, a Dinked vinyl limited edition will be available from these independent record shops.

 

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