Old rona may be hanging around like a party guest who’s overstayed their welcome, but …
Melbourne heavy hitters To Octavia proved themselves to be masters of melodies with their debut EP, Nocturnal. Now, they’ve upped the ante with Somewhere In A World, Not Of The Dream, delivering their boldest statement to date.
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Despite some major lineup changes and time away, the band has come out through to the other side stronger than ever. ‘Uge slices of riffage, even bigger drums and otherworldly synths anchor the EP pushing and pulling the listener between a state of chaos and calm. It’s a unique blend, backed by the vocal chops of the new band leader, Merry Kirk-Holmes.
Their tones are super reminiscent of Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil – y’know, just if he took a darker turn. This poppier approach is worth singing about though. There are also fleeting moments where Kirk-Holmes delves into buttery smooth RnB territory (see: Sleep). Mix all this together with their powerhouse screams, and you get a real sense of youthfulness that’s set the band apart.
Somewhere In A World, Not Of The Dream is a powerhouse of a record. There is no doubt this is To Octavia’s world, and we’re all just living in it.
In terms of the EP’s high points, we can’t go past Edge Of The Universe. COCO MOJO and Fall Into The Sun also crank things up an extra notch and will undoubtedly get the ghouls of Mansfield Tavern going this Halloween Hysteria. Somewhere In A World, Not Of The Dream is a powerhouse of a record. There is no doubt this is To Octavia’s world, and we’re all just living in it.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Fall Into The Sun, Edge Of The Universe, COCO MOJO
STICK THIS NEXT TO: Northlane, Pierce The Veil, Bring Me The Horizon