October Project

October Project

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During their three years with Sony Music, October Project released two recordings of gothic MOR before being dropped by the label and disbanding. This self-titled debut is just slightly rawer than its successor, but fans of October Project's dark, melodic attempts at poetic rock will definitely approve of the 1993 release's lush

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During their three years with Sony Music, October Project released two recordings of gothic MOR before being dropped by the label and disbanding. This self-titled debut is just slightly rawer than its successor, but fans of October Project's dark, melodic attempts at poetic rock will definitely approve of the 1993 release's lush collection of mid-tempo goth pop. Sounding like Stevie Nicks and Peter Steel's lovechild, singer Mary Fahl powers the band with her deep, haunting voice, and fast vibrato. Fahl is a completely unique artist, sounding like no other vocalist of her era. Fans of female contemporaries (especially Fiona Apple) might want to check out October Project just to hear Fahl's smoky vocal approach. In what was a rather strange band lineup, Fahl sang lyrics written by non-musician (and wife October Project keyboardist/songwriter Emil Adler) Julie Flanders. It isn't that unusual for a band to look outside its own ranks for material, but rarely will a songwriter (or especially a lyricist) receive equal billing as the musicians -- especially without significant prior credits and with fairly modest abilities. Flanders' new age rhyming was October Project's weakest link with its tiring and predictable imagery. Especially agitating is the near-constant naturalist references to the sun, the rain, the distant miles of desert, etc....To craft her symbolism, the lyricist simply matches a natural element with the particular experiencial phase that the ever-present "you" and "I" of her vague relationship poetry are dealing with: good times (sun), bad time (rain), emotional distant (why, distant miles of dry desert, of course). That's not to suggest that all the romantic mysticism doesn't occasionally hit the mark. Memorable tracks like "Return to Me" and "Take Me As I Am" do overcome their sticky language with lush melodies and professional performances. The trick to enjoying October Project is to simply not take it nearly as seriously as it takes itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972408521
catalogNumber:
724085
Rank:
38835

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

October Project   Primary Artist
Emil Adler   Keyboards,Vocals
Marina Belica   Keyboards,Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Mary Fahl   Vocals
Julie Flanders   Cymbals,finger cymbals
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Kenny Greenberg   Guitar
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Lee Larrison   Violin
Ted Madsen   Violin
Bob Mason   Cello
Michael Rhodes   Bass
David Sabatino   Guitar,Vocals
Urbano Sanchez   Percussion
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Liz Stewart   Bass,Double Bass
Alan Umstead   Viola
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola

Technical Credits

Emil Adler   Composer,Musical Director
Paul Byrne   Composer
Chad Cromwell   Programming,drum programming
Julie Flanders   Composer
Jay Healy   Engineer
Blair Masters   Arranger,String Arrangements
Glenn Rosenstein   Producer
Nicky Lindeman   Art Direction
Nancy Sacks   Artwork

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October Project 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The biggest disappointment I've found in discovering the Celtic/goth/techno/alternative music of October Project was learning of their demise following their second cd, ''Falling Farther In'' Vocals that call to mind Nico and the Velvet Underground, haunting melodies as complex as anything from Loreena McKennitt...gorgeous stuff. This cd is an instant classic, one to make friends with and listen to in those distinctly good and distinctly bad moments of your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
October Project is a dynamic musical expression of driving rhythms and harmonies that simply catch your ear and make you want to listen to each piece over and over again. One is drawn to the musical expressions of the lyrics. At various times the vocal interplay can bring you to tears. A high quality CD from a group that regrettably no longer sings together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most wonderful CD's I have ever listened to. Mary Fahl's enchanting voice is unlike any other and would be well worth buying for only that reason. However, October Project's music goes far beyond Fahl's incredible talent and the result is a very wonderful and uplifting experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I lost this album a few years back. I missed it so much I have to order one from B&N. This is one of the best albums ever produced. The musci and harmony were wonderful.
agnetha09 More than 1 year ago
I cannot use words to describe how this music has touched me over the years. I have two copies of this cd. I have one at home and one in my car. The music is ageless and touches the human heart to which all can identify. Mary Fahl's voice is like no other. She is by far my most favorite female artist. I strongly recommend October Project and Mary Fahl.
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