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EP Review: Summon The Octopi – Nonversations

Summon the Octopi

Artist: Summon the Octopi
EP: Nonversations
Tracks: 6
Label: Sober Up Records
Release Date: 17th November 2014

Although ‘Summon the Octopi’ may sound like an order of command from the decks of The Flying Dutchman, but in fact is the musing of German musician Marc Vogler. His début release Nonversations is to be released on Sober Up Records on the 17th November.

Reminiscent of the gentler side of Animals as Leaders’ début album, a phenomenal effort, I can’t help but feel completely enamoured by Nonversations. Following the Intro, we’re faced with Slobodan the Sloth, which may or may not be a reference to Slobodan Milošević, the infamous ex-president of Serbia, is a truly wonderful song. The guitar work is intricate, like the strokes of a lute-player lost in reverie, that is of course until they speed-up throughout the song mirroring an almost metal riff. The drums are pleasantly harsh on the ears, strong cymbal work in paradiddle.

With song names such as I’ve Been Sick, So I Tried to Feed it Some More, and Apricots Apricate (Alligators Alligate), Rehabosaurus Rex, and Lulling Waves, Sullen Gaze (All is Space), it sounds very much like Vogler is either a direct descendant of Doctor Theodor Seuss Geisel, or there are some strange mechanics of poetry at work in the depths of this German mind.

My personal favourite on the EP is Apricots Apricate (Alligators Alligate). Something I do love about this track, more than any others and really accentuates the “New Authentic” movement of music, is that it brings a smile to my face when the song comes on with its originality. Holding allusion to Explosions in the Sky and Giraffe? Giraffe! this track is a guided meditation through the dreamworld. 

Jam-packed full of melody, I can’t praise this EP enough; it’s just incredible. That being said, I feel as though Rehabosaurus Rex would be significantly better off without the vocals, as, to me, the vocals just don’t fit the music at all. My only other criticism is that the distorted guitars don’t have nearly enough crunch, but they still sound excellent in the mix.

Speaking of the mix, this EP has been produced excellently. The guitars sound incredible (with the aforementioned exception of the lack of crunch), the bass line sits superbly in the mix; just below the guitar but not so quiet that it can’t be heard. This is something I really enjoy, because a lot of bands have the bass so far down in the mix that you usually can’t hear it. The drums cut through really nicely, although I do feel as though the cymbals could do with maybe being a little quieter.

Overall, though, this is an outstanding first release and I am thoroughly looking forward to more material in the future!

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