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Enter a “Supernatural Alliance” with Octopus


Detroit psych-occult rockers Octopus just made the big leagues, becoming the newest addition to the storied Rise Above roster. This isn’t a product of instant success, however: the band has been in the trenches for a decade, putting in the hours and honing their craft to arrive at the recently released debut Supernatural Alliance which stands tall as a stellar example of their talent and skill. The video for the record’s title track, streaming below, is simple enough but conveys plenty; the band’s affinity for both the past and things that go bump in the night are fully on display.

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Singer Masha Marjieh is at home front and center, her voice melding seamlessly with the guitar-and organ-driven track. Guitarist J Frezzato, formerly of Electric Six, brings that band’s pop sensibility and self-awareness to the song as well, resulting in a tone both bright and sinister. The whole thing is chock full of hooks, doing in four minutes what too many of their peers can’t put together in a forgettable retro witchy rock album. The rest of Supernatural Alliance contains similar themes – any band that sounds like this and names a song “Fleetwood Mac” is 100% on the level – and maintains the same musical eminence. If Black Mountain started reading more Lovecraft, they might approach this level of dark, delightful fun, but Octopus stand on their own tentacles and, ideally, should be doomy psych household names in short order.

Supernatural Alliance released March 30th via Rise Above Records. Follow Octopus (formerly The Octopus) on Facebook.

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