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- Laws by Octavius
9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 20 December 2011
Okay, I've got a good one here! Octavius is the working pseudonym of William Marshall. I've not had the pleasure of hearing his earlier work but 'Laws' sounds awesome! Clearly a dedicated artist with a clear vision, Marshall's style is stark and minimal yet possesses a strong sense of melody for an artist you'd most likely define as experimental and abstract. Working with a host of producers including significant contributions from DJ/Producer Barbeau (Doc Martin, Les Rhythmes Digitales, Donald Glaude and is the producer behind Hollywood sex act Dirty Sanchez's sound) aswell as No'a Winter Lazerus (Pink Floyd, Laurie Anderson, Michael Jackson and Tom Waits), Data Bomb (Skinny Puppy and Otto von Schirach collaborator) and Jay Sonic (HOTTUB, LeHeat Records) Marshall has created a truly memorable and unique LP full of surprises. Sighting Bowie's 'Low' (of which a cover of 'Breaking Glass' is featured here), New Order's 'Movement' and Tricky's 'Pre-Millennium Tension' as sonic inspirations makes a lot of sense and makes the job of describing the claustrophobic nature of 'Laws' a lot easier for me. This is only a starting point mind. 'Laws' is fundamentally it's own beast...aggravated and bass heavy, especially as the album progresses. Personally I find the opening two tracks most gratifying but there's still plenty to choose from throughout and comes recommended to those of you who like your music spliffy and paranoid sounding. I should mention Massive Attack......................but i shouldn't.............okay, i will.....................Massive Attack.
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