Album Review: Maladyne Cave by My Octopus Mind

by Georgia Gillespie

Maladyne Cave album artwork by Naomi Larh

The Bristol music scene can be a difficult one to break into. With a wide range of genres and styles, the city is becoming increasingly better known of its musical talents. Three-piece experimental rock band, My Octopus Mind, has firmly solidified their niche sound with the release of their debut album Maladyne Cave.

This album has been two years in the making. The band has put their blood, sweat and tears into Maladyne Cave and none more so than guitarist, vocalist and producer Liam O’Connell, who lived in his studio for a year to be able to self-fund the record. But was it worth it?

In short, yes. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea but no music is. It is clear that these musicians have a passion and excitement for the music they create.

On my initial listening of Maladyne Cave my first thoughts related to the dark, haunting and almost creepy feel of the tracks, most notably in the introduction of ‘Need No Other Lovin’. As I continued to listen through the album I could clearly hear the rock influence throughout the pieces, while still sounding unique. As time goes on the messages behind the tracks come to light.

My Octopus Mind has opted for nearly double the length of a standard song on most of the tracks in this album. Some reach seven and a half minutes, while the average length is around five minutes and only two are the standard length of three and a half.

Naturally, longer songs offer long introductions allowing you to really appreciate the seamless blend of the string instruments and the power of the drums. My Octopus Mind have done a stellar job of keeping the listener interested during the longer songs by, at times, changing the speed and tempo throughout. Although, if this style or genre isn’t quite your thing then the songs could feel like they drag on. If you enjoy niche music with rock elements and long instrumentals, I have no doubt this album will be your new go-to.

My personal favourite song from this album is ‘Welder’ because of its up-tempo beat and rock ‘n’ roll style. Although we are given fierce vocals from Liam O’Connell it’s the drummer, Charlie Sorensen, who is the star of this track. For me, the drum beat is what my ear listens out for over anything else. The introduction immediately got me hooked with the steady beat and the strum of the guitar building up to the rock infused tempo of the track.  

"It is clear that these musicians have a passion and excitement for the music they create."

Changing the gear with ‘Elska’, this song offers soft vocals from Liam O’Connell and Jausme and a gorgeous introduction, where the violins and guitar create an almost soothing feeling. All the songs on this album flow and fit together however, they all offer something completely different.

Music has a unique power of making us feel a particular way, it can send us to a different frame of mind and can even make us remember experiences and particular times in our lives. Maladyne Cave entices you to think about some of the deeper and sometimes darker parts of ourselves and others.

Maladyne Crave is out now and is available on all major platforms. Visit My Octopus Mind’s website for more information by clicking here.

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