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Rad Releases 19 – My Octopus Mind

December 28, 2019

It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2019 rapidly approaches and we somehow end this decade- we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been another crazy year filled with plenty of highs and lows- it’s the releases that have once again pulled a lot of people through the year.

Now in it’s 9th year, we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists. Telling us their most loved events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.

Barbora Cetlova

Bristol based mad musical experimentalists My Octopus Mind are next to take on the rad releases special. The trio have had a fantastic year with single releases, videos, tours and their debut album release dropping in summer. My Octopus Mind showcase the dramatically varied and dynamically contrasting musical projection throughout their compositions and we’ve loved seeing their journey this year. We find out more about their 2019…

  • Top 5 releases of the year

Black midi – Schlagenheim

Creative freedom is mega!! Yeah kidz! Just doing what they feel like doing. (Liam)

Kate tempest – The Book Of Traps and Lessons

Speaking straight into and out of the introspective soul. Her bold ability to make me laugh at my weaknesses. (Liam)

King Gizzard – infest the rats nest

Love the concept, Love the raw sound, Love the Riffs and love the Gizz. They’ve paid a good homage to the past thrash hero’s without making it corny or try hard. (Oli)

Waldo’s Gift – Improvisations

I should have listened to this a lot sooner but just put it on a few weeks ago during an admin session and got hooked by the blend of tapestries building into jagged angular YES time and only slightly jazz. (Liam)

Ogives big band – harm EP

it’s awesome to hear our drummer Oli on something that you think damn that’s bangin whether it’s your mate or not. So many big angular Riffs! (Liam)

Nina Harries – Nina Harries

Perfect songs, full of beauty and humour and fury and strength, all driven by seriously inventive use of the bass. No other album has personally inspired me so much in years. She’s also punk as a gosh darn punk thing. (Izy)

  • The best show you have played this year

Extinction rebellion in bristol.. Playing outside in Bristol at sunset in front of a pink boat screaming “your sister’s a terrorist!!” at a bouncing and twitching mob of great people made me really happy (Liam) 

This show was also my highlight. Raw energy from people pissed off at the right things. No soundcheck or line check required. Pure punk vibes.  (Oli)

Video single launch at the non-profit collective-run cinema The Cube in Bristol. We had the string section with us and visuals, Bethany Stenning (of Stanlaey fame) premiered her film The Line at the same event, and of course our video for ‘Welder’, animated by Roos Mattar, is hands down the coolest thing anybody has done to any of our songs. The whole affair felt less like a gig and more like an art event steeped in love, dedication and vision. (Izy)

  • The best gig you have attended

Either all them witches: at Ifor Bach in Cardiff or meshuggah at Arc Tangent (Oli)

Black Midi Secret gig at Glastonbury having just seen them that afternoon play to a Massive packed tent at 11am and then to be right in their face in a tiny bar leaning on the monitors losing my shit. Made me tear up to see freaks getting appreciation on such a huge level. (Liam)

  • Highlights of your year

Releasing our Debut album after 2 and a half years of hard work, and then touring Europe twice. (Liam)

Cross dressing at Shambala Festival and having an octopus tattoo on my tummy that sweated off and slid off me about 2 songs into our set. (oli) 

The pink octopus that a lovely human made for us when we finally took our noise to Brighton. (Izy)

  • Artist/Band to watch for 2020

Jakabol. Bristol band doing awesome post rock with harp, violin and flute sliding into the mix of guitar riffs drums and keys. Very bold getting into theatre I hear and moving fast. (Liam)  

Earth Tongue gonna be making big sounds around the world. Those guys are killer. (Oli) 

Nina Harries. Again. I was still reeling from her album when I saw that she casually played with Anoushka Shankar this year as well. She is an outstanding musician worthy of all the success the world can throw at her. (Izy)

  • Best discovery this year

I was introduced to The mysterons 2017 album Meandering by a close friend and it is one of the first albums in a long time that I am fully addicted to. Such tasty Wonk! (Liam) 

I’ve started listening to Roy Ayres a lot…(oli) 

I went on a Japanese koto music bender recently and found this album called Subaru from the composer Takashi Yoshimatsu. Koto, clarinet, violin and cello. The koto is played by Nanae Yoshimura. Seriously beautiful music. Enjoy with hot chocolate, a bath, and a Yukio Mishima novel. (Izy)

  • Plans for the New Year

We are going into the studio to record our 2nd album on the 18th Dec and if all goes to plan we will be releasing it at the end of May along with plans to hopefully play our first European Festival in June. Feeling rather optimistic all round. 

Huge congratulations on the album all and looking forward to seeing what you get up to next year!

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