The title to the Edmonton duo Brother Octopus’ debut EP, Yukilo, comes from the two band members’ pets: Yuki the dog and Kilo the cat. Yukilo has two main themes throughout the album: their pets and the sea. The album begins with “Yuki,” which starts with slow and calming guitar riffs, then turns into a harmony between the female and male singer, with corny lyrics about the pet, like how Yuki should stop licking his paw. “Yuki” is just a 43 second glimpse of what Brother Octopus has to offer, though. Yukilo turns to “Underwater Mysteries,” with the music reminding me greatly of The XX – harmonies between a female and male singer with simplistic, yet relaxing, chord progressions and drum beats. This is just fine for a relaxing, late night drive down Portage Avenue.
The next two songs, “Old Computer” and “Amusement Park” are personal favourites. There’s something about the harmony in “Old Computer” that sends a slight chill up your spine, with lyrics that, although silly, are a common occurrence for everyone: a computer breaking down. “Amusement Park” adds some variety to the album, with more focus on distorted synth, and bass coming out from the background and taking a lead part in the song. Brother Octopus is definitely an interesting duo that I would definitely suggest listening to.
released May 8, 2012
James Seabrook - Two Bodies Of Water Productions
Dan Mabee - Zounds Of Sounds Studios