WRITTEN BY: MEG
2019 brought the release of To Octavia’s debut EP, “Nocturnal,” and two years after that, the band are back with their sophomore effort, “Somewhere In A World, Not Of The Dream.”
“Fall Into The Sun” starts us off, and it foreshadows a lot of the different elements offered up throughout the six tracks that follow it up through its mix of melodic and aggressive sections, captivating vocals, and memorable instrumentation. “The Sound Of The Rain” leans towards that more aggressive side in the beginning, mixing synths in with the heavier instrumentals, while the more melodic verses deliver intriguing vocals, and the vocal performance grabbed my attention even more during the pre-chorus and chorus.
“Edge Of The Universe” is a bit more upbeat than the two previous tracks, and continues to present the darker tone found on the majority of this EP through some extremely catchy melodies and riffs. Another highlight of the track is found within the bridge - a very impressive vocal performance. “Unknown Worlds” is just as catchy as its predecessor, from the hooks that reside in the intro, first verse, and chorus to the guitar riffs that drive a heavier second verse. “COCO MOJO” incorporates some slight pop influences in its intro with the synths and the vocal production, but it doesn’t take long for the song to do a complete 180 and become more aggressive, showcasing the metal influences in the band’s sound once again, and the song brings anthemic choruses and a noteworthy guitar solo later on.
“Sleep” is driven by an upbeat intro with a rhythm that listeners will want to dance along to when seeing the band play the track live. The vocals stand out, delivering a charismatic performance and bringing a slightly grittier tone in that chorus, and that chorus shows the band’s various influences with the mix of synths, poppier production and aggressive instrumentals.
Throughout “Somewhere In A World, Not Of The Dream,” To Octavia merge various elements of post-hardcore, metal, and alternative rock to create a mesmerizing release.
"SOMEWHERE IN A WORLD, NOT OF THE DREAM" IS AVAILABLE NOW. LISTEN TO THE EP HERE: