The Octopus Project: “Glass Jungle”
Austin quartet The Octopus Project says when they finally got ready to record their latest effort, Hexadecagon, in 2009, they “wanted to create a deeper sound, a more enveloping experience.” The result was something like a score to a live happening, though not exactly that. The band’s live version of the new songs saw eight-channel surround-sound.
For the recording, the band relinquished their compositions to Dallas-based super-producer John Congleton (who’s worked with fellow Austin-based instrumental powerhouse Explosions in the Sky) and Congleton, according to the band “re-arranged and re-orchestrated the songs to create an engrossing experience for anyone with a pair of speakers (or headphones, ideally).
If there ever was an album to listen to on headphones (as the band suggests) this would be it. More than any of their work to date, Hexadecagon is full of layers that reveal themselves throughout each composition.
This version of album standout, “Glass Jungle” was recorded during a recent visit to KUT’s Studio 1A. Check out the Octopus Project’s one-of-a-kind live show for yourself tonight at Cluster Fest on the campus of Southwestern in Georgetown. The band is scheduled to hit the stage at 9:15.