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Octopus Ride - II

Octopus Ride - II


Though formed in 1999, Octopus Ride did not release their debut album until 2013. Now, finally, the follow-up has arrived. Two albums in twenty-two years may indicate that these Swedes don’t like to rush things. On the other hand, their music is bristling with restless energy and unpredictability. Often, a nervous, minimal riff and a speeding drum will serve as a foundation, which allows mysterious sounds to enter and exit the audio landscape much like the images and scenes of a dream. Occasionally, an actual “song” will appear, in one case even a slow waltz, but arranged in such an unsettling, disorientating fashion that it will put listeners out at sea, clutching at the railings. Not quite shoegaze, nor post-punk, nor krautrock, Octopus Ride are once again transporting you into a world of sounds that is theirs and theirs alone.

Octopus Ride are: Karl Alm, Christian Ekvall, Henrik Kyhlberg, Johannes Måbrink and Unni Zimmerdahl. Featuring guest appearances by Swedish art-pop luminary Jenny Wilson.


Cover art: Danilo Stankovic 


Accolades for Octopus Ride’s first album:

“This is brilliant, original and profound music!” David Dalton, co-founder of Rolling Stone Magazine

"A fully formed psych rock gem, appearing as if by magic … A fine, varied and sometimes startling album." Simon Lewis and Steve Palmer, Terrascope

"A treasure indeed. Darkly magical and truly psychedelic.” Josh Richardson, Flavor Crystals

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