Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Album Review: The Octopus Project - 'Golden Beds' EP

Golden Beds EP"We have no choice but to destroy every note," the opening line of The Octopus Project's new EP Golden Beds goes. A little drastic, but not far off. The OP, Austin's indie-electronic darlings, are definitely trying to destroy everyone's preconceived notions of what The Octopus Project is supposed to sound like. For one, the quartet ventures further into vocal territory than they've dared go before. Their 2007 album Hello Avalanche featured vocals on one of its 13 tracks, but the first two tracks of this five-song EP feature the Octopi's shy vocal harmonies.

The first song, "Wet Gold" was released as a UK-only single last year. Its mellow tone and upbeat cheer create the right mood for easing into this eclectic 20-minute set. The next song, "Moon Boil", features choruses somewhat reminiscent of the noise-rock duo Lightning Bolt, with its distorted riffs and beat-the-shit-out-of-the-kit percussion courtesy of drummer Toto Miranda. It's a more dissonant and harder-rocking Octopus Project than we've heard before.

"Rorol" ebbs and flows with siren-like Theremin wails and noodly guitar work for its first four minutes before a solid beat comes in to pull things together in the end. And "Wood Trumpet", with its large and triumphant sound, is like the hyperactive little cousin of Explosions In The Sky, which is not surprising since the two bands played the same bill at Stubb's on the Fourth of July just weeks ago. The final track, "Half a Nice Day" is the only non-memorable track, but by the time you get to it you're so thoroughly satisfied that you'll forgive one average track following four pretty dang good ones.

The EP is also enhanced with seven music videos, including a live rendition of "Truck" from last year's ACL Fest. Visit the band on MySpace for concert dates.

Release date: July 28, 2009 | Peek-A-Boo Records

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Anonymous said...

this is a really bad review, youre wrong in your comparisons and description. You should feel bad about yourself