Octaves Which Way the Wind Blows

Octaves Which Way the Wind Blows
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In the past, a group's signing to Bridge 9 would've given a pretty good indication of their sound. However, with recent additions such as What's Eating Gilbert, Hierophant and Alcoa, that assumption is no longer so safe. Octaves are one such surprise. Their closest sounding labelmates are Defeater, as well as that unit's peers in post-hardcore collective "the wave," most notably La Dispute. The vocals on Which Way the Wind Blows sound lazy, especially given the meticulously crafted music, which starts and stops on a dime, sporadically weaved with precision. Unfortunately, that start-stop tendency often cuts off the energy in tracks such as "Like Seriously, How Many Times?" and "Golf Tips." Moments like these validate the "hardcore" portion of the group's music, however, "Tax Break" and "It Figures" are simply pretentious in their expectation that listeners will stay awake, much less pay attention. Ultimately, Octaves need to address this energy, or lack thereof, as they occasionally come awfully close to flat-lining. (Bridge Nine)