Having re-established their vital Never On Sunday side-project with the fantastic Contemplate EP late in 2021, Detroit pioneers Octave One now expand the offering into an all-encompassing digital album with more new tracks and a full videos presentation.
Octave One have remained as prolific as ever this past year with new music and live shows around the world. Now in 2023, the Burden Brothers expand the original vinyl only EP with new tracks, additional productions, and 10 video shorts, produced and directed by the brothers themselves, to make for an absorbing album.
The new album entitled Never on Sunday (taking its name from the band’s side alias) features the melancholic and breakbeat driven ‘The Bearer’, the aching vocals of Karina Mia on ‘Contemplate’, the intriguing three-minute ambient piece ‘Enterstella,’ cosmic and celestial ‘Price We Pay,’ the absorbing atmosphere of ‘Moment of Truth’ and ‘Metal Forest’ with its soothing watery sound effects, glass tinkles and sonorous bell hits.
It also includes the new tracks is ‘Lifelike’, a slow, pulsing dub with mysterious melodies and sinewy synths reflecting light like stars in a night sky. A textured bassline arrives to bring a real sense of tension amongst the melodic beauty. ‘Soon After’ is another cosmic cut that rides on hammering bass beneath lush synths capes and rays of hope that pierce the darkness. The fresh and future- facing ‘Tiers’ gets you on your toes as slick bass and sleek drum programming race on a warm wave of soulful techno. The blissful ‘Mona’ closes down with heavenly and expansive pads that shimmer and shine as rich bell sounds and choral pads bring a warm sense of belonging.
Also featured as a bonus tracks are remixes by Orbital, Skream, P41, and Kevin Reynolds. This audio and video album shows Octave One is as innovative as ever, with more than 30 years since it was first conceived.
Octave One will be performing live shows including Movement – Detroit, Stereo – Montreal, iBoat – Bordeaux, Baum Festival – Bogota, Tresor, Razzmatazz, and many more still to be announced. See all dates.
1-2 Contemplate feat. Karina Mia (album edit)
1-4 Tiers (album mix)
1-5 Price We Pay feat. Karina Mia (album mix)
1-6 Soon After
1-7 A Moment of Truth (album edit)
1-8 The Bearer feat. Karina Mia (Original Sin edit)
1-9 Metal Forest
1-11 The Bearer feat. Karina Mia (album edit)
1-12 The Bearer (Instrumental)
1-13 Contemplate (Instrumental)
1-14 Price We Pay (Instrumental)
2-1 Price We Pay feat. Karina Mia (Orbital Remix)
2-2 Tiers (Level A)
2-3 The Bearer feat. Karina Mia – (Skream Remix)
2-4 Never On Sunday -The Bearer (P41 Remix)
2-5 Never On Sunday -Contemplate (Kevin Reynolds Remix)
2-6 Never On Sunday -The Bearer (Original Sin Remix)
Available April 28th via Bandcamp