by MythofRock

Octavian Winters, the San Francisco-based ensemble, has once again emerged from the depths of musical exploration with a compelling two-track single, “Nebula/Velveteen”. This collaboration with electronic music luminary Mark Pistel (of Consolidated and Meat Beat Manifesto fame) marks a moment of profound artistic convergence. At the forefront of this release stands the mesmerizing A-side, “Nebula”. Within its atmospheric embrace, Octavian Winters masterfully navigates the theme of impermanence. Through haunting melodies and poignant lyricism, the track transcends sound and text, delving into the enigmatic emotions of the human psyche. Anchored by the band’s signature blend of darkwave, gothic and post-punk influences, “Nebula” starts a sonic voyage, guiding listeners through the cosmos of introspection. Complementing this ethereal journey is Mark Pistel’s reimagining of “Velveteen”, delivered with his unmistakable touch. Pistel’s pulsating remix breathes new life into the track, infusing it with uncontrollable energy and dynamic rhythms. As the electronic beats are mixed with Octavian Winters’ lush synth textures and elegiac vocal harmonies, “Velveteen” captivates the senses and ignites the imagination. Throughout both tracks, Octavian Winters showcases their penchant for crafting layered compositions that blend edgy grooves with celestial melodies. Each element, from the intricate instrumentation to the female vocals, contributes to the narrative, inviting listeners into a world where darkness and light coalesce in a mesmerizing dance. This two-track single offers us an unparalleled auditory experience. Listen to these songs and you will understand why Octavian Winters are considered trailblazers in the genre of post-punk and beyond.

♦ 8/10

Dimitris Zacharopoulos



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