The Octopus Project: Whitby


Clocking in at a modest 13.5 minutes, The Octopus Project’s latest production, Whitby EP, is a short and sweet collection of three new songs, one remix, and one karaoke version of the song ‘Whitby’. Now, I don’t know if it’s because I recently played a few kick-ass rounds of Mario Kart 64 over the holiday break, or if it’s actually the way the music sounds, probably both, but this EP is the perfect thing to add to your own 8-bit adventure playlist. It’s lighthearted, enjoyable, and fits perfectly whether your getting ahead in the race, playing a mini-game, or simply collecting gold coins.

Listening to this EP was not at all what I expected from listening to The Octopus Project’s first album, Identification Parade, which is dark-sounding and very experimental. The black sheep of this new EP, which comes close to that old vibe, is the fourth track, ‘Okat’, which has no discernible meter and a tempo that is delineated by a vast array of glitchy sounds. Considering the brief nature of this EP, there’s not much else that I can add that will give you a better idea of what you’re in for, but I will say that Whitby EP is worth picking up; even if all you do is put it into your iTunes library and forget about it, when it pops up again on shuffle you’ll hear it and be glad that it’s there… 8/10

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