I know a lot of people have trouble getting into music that is primarily instrumental, but when you've got as many interesting textures and melodies in your songs as The Octopus Project, it's almost a shame to draw attention away from the music by throwing vocals in there too. Then again, on "Queen", the final track of their new album Hello, Avalanche, they punt that theory completely out the window by introducing some gentle singing to bring the album to a satisfying (and somewhat unexpected) conclusion. For me this band falls somewhere between Caribou and Trans Am, fusing a traditional guitar/bass/drums rock setup with varying levels of electronic noodling. They seem to switch gears so often that you never know what's around the corner, but fear not because they aren't just some aimless experimental jam band. Almost every song is built around a great hook, and once the album's finished, you can't wait to go back to track 1 and start all over again.
» Bonus Track: Queen
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