|MH-222 Octavius - Audio Noir
Octavius has strived to perfect his stunning amalgam of hip-hop, electronic and avant-rock music in the San Francisco underground over the past four years. This dedication has culminated in his Mush full-length release Audio Noir. Serving as a slight departure from the beats and noise frenzy that ignited a buzz around his 2001 work with 4AM, the new release looks to establish Octavius as a purveyor of even more elaborate territories of sound. Experimental freak-outs collide with classic song structures, tension and attitude give way to raw vulnerability, and Octavius' vocal and production techniques are employed to unnerving effect. Audio Noir adds previously missing darkness and edge to the Mush catalog in a way that overwhelms, thrills, and astonishes in equal measure.
|An important record - LA Weekly / Literally unforgettable - Industrial Nation / Delicious left-field despondency - Outburn / Great invention and blasted beauty throughout - The Wire / A tense, aggressive and surprisingly beautiful album that dares you to define it as hip-hop - Signal to Noise / A new flavor of hop that's dangerous and mesmerizing - San Francisco Examiner
|The latest release by avant-hop artist William Marshall, aka Octavius, occupies another realm - one that's vast, erratic, and cagey. His soundscape simultaneously induces euphoria and fear. Made up of tweaked-out electronics, bleeding noise, deep moody beats, and chopped-up instrumentation, Audio Noir reconstructs the hip-hop paradigm. - San Francisco Bay Guardian