"The origins of Octoberman can be traced back to Marc Morrissette's itinerant summer of 2003. Temporarily abandoning his newly-formed collective (Kids These Days), the Vancouver songwriter embarked on an expedition through Asia and Europe. By his return to North American shores, the pages of a travel journal had been blackened with lyrics inspired by his experiences abroad. The reunited Kids These Days then undertook an industrious period of touring that allowed Morrissette to discover further metropolitan muses in New York City, Los Angeles and Portland. With a wealth of new songs at his disposal, he adjourned to Experience Sound Studios with co-producer James Henderson and commenced a yearlong recording project that would result in the debut Octoberman record: These Trails Are Old and New." [Link]I don't know what draws me to imperfect, sometimes off-key vocals (Jeff Magnum, John Frusciante). I think I like the fragility of it. The thought that it isn't perfect is appealing to me, and in a way, more sincere. Even when I look at people who have the gift of great vocal ability, I love the points when their voices are pushed to the limit, and occasionally broken. Octoberman's frontman Marc Morrisette will not overpower you with his vocals, but he will catch you by surprise. Very good stuff.
MP3: Octoberman - "Ex-Pat"
MP3: Octoberman - "Merci Cornerstore"