I’ve never been one for lyricless music. The words to a song are more important to me than the actual music. Often the first thing I connect with when looking for new music is a phrase or word that seems to say something I like. And I realize I’m not unique in this respect, I just put it out there as background so I can talk about The Octopus Project.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge eMusic fan; the fifteenth of every month is just a great day because that’s when I get to dig through eMusic and see what new albums and bands I can find. Several months ago, on a friends recommendation, I downloaded The Octopus Project’s “One Ten Hundred Thousand Million” and it kinda sat in the background of my iPod for a few months. In the meantime, my main job got downsized out from under me, I scrambled and ended up with a new job that gave me some free time and actively encouraged me to study.
What I find is that when I’m studying, I can’t have lyrics. They just distract me. And, no offense to any fans out there, but classical and most jazz puts me to sleep. So I went back to dance music. I dug up some old Groove Armada and club mixes I had laying around and they worked for a while. But I wanted something new, something I hadn’t already heard a thousand times. Which brings us back to TOP and their music. I started somewhat slowly, adding the track “The Adjuster” to my study mix and letting it soak into my brain stem and it just hasn’t left yet.
Last month, when my eMusic account was refreshed, I picked up “Hello, Avalanche.” If possible, I like it more than I do the previous album. The track “Truck” especially is just infectious in its joyousness and I have been known to loop it so that it plays several times in a row. I’ve set 2006’s “The House of Apples and Eyeballs” for this month’s downloads. But that’s next month.
In the meantime, here’s the video for “Truck.” Enjoy.