Octave Cat | photo by Mike Ryan | courtesy of the artist
PREMIERE: Members of Lotus and Dopapod team up for new Octave Cat project, share “Fever Subsides” single
Octave Cat is an experiment that went right.
The funky new collaboration from Jesse Miller (Lotus), Eli Winderman (Dopapod), and Charlie Patierno, (Kate Faust, Kuf Knotz), was supposed to just be a day spent messing around with some vintage synths. But the tapes were rolling as Miller and Winderman twisted knobs and pressed keys on The Cat, a rare synth made by Octave in the 70s (see what they did there), and on playback the pair heard something more than just experiments. That session turned into a full-fledged project that will release its debut self-titled album this year, and today we have the premiere of new single “Fever Subsides.”
From the first pops of synth to the sparkling, almost robotic tones that take the lead early on, the digital space on “Fever Subsides” is bright and bold. Then Miller tosses the melody to Winderman over on the Wurlitzer and he takes a left turn into a jazzier realm tethered to 70s funk, taking a different route to the same atmospheric point. All the while, Patierno is lending a sturdy bass of percussion, delivering his own explosive moments that pull the players back to common ground.
The trio seems to know instinctively when to come together and when to let someone go off on their own sonic tangent, a true collaborative spirit that will make Octave Cat’s live shows a wild and unpredictable ride. We get our first shot at this on Friday, March 17th when the band kicks off a short run of dates at Johnny Brenda’s.
Stream “Fever Subsides” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Muscle Tough and Air is Human here. Two other tracks, “Spar” and “Limber Up,” can be heard on the band’s Soundcloud, and the album can be pre-ordered here.