The Octopus Project’s Fever Forms Out Now On Peek-A-Boo Records

Yesterday marked the official release of The Octopus Project‘s highly-anticipated fifth full-length feature,Fever Forms, made available by Peek-A-Boo Records on digital bytes, plastic discs and translucent gold vinyl. Austin’s favorite experimental pop band has been releasing joyous party music since 2002, and has earned a reputation forelaborate multimedia experimentslavish album packaging, and extremely fun, extremely loud live shows. The band will hit the road this August in support of Fever Forms with Crystal StiltsPaper Lions, and Man Or Astro-Man? Full dates below.

08/06 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
08/07 – Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
08/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
08/10 – Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
08/11 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
08/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
08/14 – Washington DC @ DC9
08/15 – Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bears #
08/16 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
08/17 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
08/19 – Columbus, OH @ Kobo
08/20 – Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room
08/23 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
08/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
08/25 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
09/05 – Bryan, TX @ Grand Stafford Theater
09/07 – San Antonio, TX @ Limelite
09/11 – Norman, OK @ Opolis *
09/13 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
09/14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
09/16 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey *
09/17 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
09/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s Night Club*
09/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord *
09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
09/22 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
09/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room *
10/07 – London, UK @ The Garage +
10/08 – Sint-Niklas, BE @ De Casino +
10/09 – Haarlem, NL @ Patronaat +
10/10 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg +
10/11 – Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia +
10/12 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis +
10/13 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega +
10/15 – Stuttgart, DE @ 1210 +
10/16 – Steyr, AT @ Roeda +
10/17 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv +
10/18 – Milan, IT @ Lo-Fi Club +
10/19 – Montpellier, FR @ Secret Place +

# w/ Crystal Stilts
* w/ Paper Lions
+ w/ Man Or Astro-Man?

 

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NIGHTLANDS’ DAVE HARTLEY ANNOUNCES SOPHOMORE ALBUM

The son of a genetic engineer, Dave Hartley has eschewed his father’s profession but decidedly inherited his analytical proclivities and love of “the lab.” As Nightlands, Hartley is a scientist trying to create and understand art through analytical process. Here, with sophomore album Oak Island, his follow up to 2010’s superb Forget the Mantra, new questions are explored: what happens when the human voice is layered exponentially? Is the sum more man, or more melancholy machine? In seeking these answers, Nightlands takes us on a spirit quest through lush forests down into The Uncanny Valley. Each distorted, silver-voiced melody is wrapped in the sounds of 70s AM gold – plucked acoustic guitars, trumpets, dulcimers and hand percussion. In using these pop touchstones, the songs become something close to memories, the faded feelings that tide in and out of you when conjuring the past. To this end, virtually every chord played on Oak Island is a major-7th, the most nostalgic harmonic grouping. Seals & Croft produced by mid-70s beetle-voiced Brian Eno. Crosby, HAL and Nash.

Beneath the analytics and technical experimentation lie 10 pop songs about sadness and love; this silvery robot has learned what it means to be human and paid a great cost. The elegant, lunar bossa-nova of album standout “So Far So Long,” with its distant trumpeted satellite signals, offers a slow, confident lilting and wilting, as Hartley considers traversing space and time.

Hartley is a prolific sideman in many notable bands in and around Philadelphia and the extraordinary bassist of The War on Drugs (he played bass on Sharon Van Etten’s epic, in Sondre Lerche’s touring band, and sings in The Silver Ages). Listeners expecting a simple side project, however, will be surprised by the boldness and scope of his vision–Nightlands is the Chuck Close painting to the The War on Drugs’ De Kooning.

Nightlands tour dates:
Thu. Oct. 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Thu. Nov. 29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
Tue. Dec. 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA (performing original score to “2001: A Space Odyssey”)

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