Bristol based experimental psych-rock band, My Octopus Mind, are back with their second studio album 'Faulty At Source', after a very busy 2019 which saw the release of their spectacular debut album ‘Maladyne Cave’ and two subsequent DIY European tours.
With this album the band have reached out to the talents around them to enrich their unique sound. ’Faulty at Source’ was recorded with Jake Bright at Bristol’s Christchurch Studios and mastered at Invada Studios with James Trevascus,
The album takes a full throttle look at the current political and social climate in the UK, with songwriting that expresses disillusionment with capitalism, climate denial, and the UK’s inability to take responsibility for its colonial past. It also communicates the tone which has ripped through the UK and has allowed a beautiful backlash that has provided an organic environment for punk and rock music to rediscover it’s protect soul again.
Opening track, ‘Rusty spoon’ is truly what a punk song should deliver, short, sharp, and down to the point with a rough heavy beat. Then, as you get your breath back from that energized kick the next two tracks; ‘Buy my book’ and ‘Insanity’ could not be any more different a thoughtful textured indie track with pressing lyrics at the forefront of the record.
Not everyone will agree, but albums do not need interludes within them! It takes the momentum away from the collection of tracks, and I felt this album is a prime example of this. But thankfully straight away My Octopus Mind find their footing again with ‘The Greatest Escape’, which has an accompanying video which is well worth watching.
Nearing the end of the album we discover ‘Wandering Eye’, this is a great track, perhaps the brightest light within the album. Fast paced electric layers of psychedelic rock drawing you into a whirlwind ride, you would pay to ride over and over again.
This is the second studio album which shows a good level of progression for My Octopus Mind, but at the same time there is also a clear path of progression ahead. All of the band’s fans, new and old, can get excited about the future of this band.
Written by Kess Anthony