Octopus Project / Ghostland Observatory

There are two bands from Austin that are playing sold-out shows here and are soon to do the same everywhere after break-out shows, both with big plans for the future: Octopus Project and Ghostland Observatory. They are also two of my favorite Austin bands, and both mix up indie and electronica - Octopus Project glows and shimmers and warps while Ghostland Observatory cackles and pops and rumbles, Octopus Project following a more artsy experimental route (somewhat like Tortoise and the Avalanches) while Ghostland Observatory clearly run the streets at night (like the Rapture, which is an oft-repeated but not untrue comparison). Octopus Project played Coachella last year after winning a contest and Ghostland followed a breakout performance at 2006's Austin City Limits Festival with one that from what I've heard was one of the best from this past weekend's ACL. They both have two albums under their belt, and Octopus Project's third, "Hello, Avalanche" will be released Oct. 9, (fourth counting their collaboration with Black Moth Super Rainbow, which was one of the best things of the last year) coinciding with their big summer tour, and Ghostland Observatory is racking up their own invites including Lollapalooza last month, and as mentioned the last two ACL Festivals as well as this year's Playboy SXSW after-party. Definitely check these two bands out now if you haven't already heard the buzz.

Octopus Project "Exit Counselor"

Octopus Project "Responsible Stu"

Octopus Project and Black Moth Super Rainbow "Lollipopsichord"

Listen to a track off the new Octopus Project album "Hello, Avalanche" at their Myspace and check their site for current tour dates before you miss them - you can also buy music directly from them and listen to other mp3s.

Buy directly from them at Trashy Moped Recordings.

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