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EP Review: Nonversations by Summon The Octopi

Post-rock can be a difficult genre to review. Get yourself invested in the record and its hard not to come out the other end of the review sounding pretentious. Of course if we didn’t give the records the recognition they deserve then we would be doing the artists a disservice, with that warning, brace yourselves for the following review.

Summon The Octopi release their debut EP, Nonversations, on the 17th November – consisting of six beautiful post-rock tracks it’s an astounding debut that not only marks Summon The Octopi as a band to watch but delivers a very real contender for EP of the year.

Summon The Octopi are a one man project from Berlin – pure unadulterated post-rock from the outset you’ll find yourself being submerged in the wonderful textured guitars and lambasted by the occasional and enthralling monstrous riff. ‘Slobodan The Sloth’ is an early highlight, the wall of intricate guitars suck you in before a stunning heavy riff knocks you for six. Lead single ‘Apricots Apricate (Alligators Alligate)’ is the standout track, containing another gloriously heavy riff, it does what all instrumental tracks should do and hits you emotionally. You’ll feel connected to the soul of this track.

‘Rehabosaurus Rex’ is a delightful acoustic interlude. While it may not get chance to hit the heights of the rest of EP it’s still as captivating. EP closer ‘Lulling Waves, Sullen Gaze (All Is Space)’ is truly epic. Encapsulating all that has gone before it and adding another devastatingly heavy layer on top. All six minutes will take you through a kaleidoscope of sounds and emotions. Stunning.

Nonversations is your essential EP of the year. A must listen for even the untrained in post-rock. Keep your eye out for Summon The Octopi – big things will happen.
AD Rating 8.5/10

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