EP REVIEW | Octafish – Portsmouth, or of the hunt and the moon part III.


ARTIST: Octafish

RELEASE: Portsmouth, Or Of The Hunt And The Moon Part III

RELEASE DATE: 10/12/15

RECORD COMPANY: Wolves Productions

Its a very rare thing for me to be blown away by a band on my very first listen but thats just what happened after hearing the instrumental twangs of this latest release via the record label ‘Wolves Productions’ entitled ‘Portsmouth, or of the hunt and the moon part III’ by New York based ‘Octafish’. The band are made up of Alec Ciesla, Ian Ciesla & Justin Gavin and collectively they create an instrumental mix of cinematic post rock intertwined with prog rock & post metal thats also littered at times with impressive (experimental) ambient peaks & troughs.


The EP’s opening track ‘283’ begins like a menacing beast searching for its next kill and its only when the percussion takes hold that we’re then introduced to a melodic jangling guitar pattern floating on a sea of cinematic reverberation. There’s a subtle post rock hue emanating from this track in general, which I like, until it opens up into a swirling maelstrom of instrumental sound & it batters your senses like a storm surge rattling a beach head. It calms sufficiently to close out what is a rather interesting opening track.

The addictively enveloping opening bars of Track 2 – ‘Portals // Portsmouth’ shuffle into the musical ether with impressive guitar parts straddling a percussion line to die for. ‘Portals // Portsmouth’ is a stomping track and possibly my favourite on this entire release. It is stuffed full of experimental parts too with a brilliant almost ambient like psychedelic break 3 minutes in that catches you off guard at first but is pleasing to the ear none the less. It has cinematic qualities too and wouldn’t be out of place in some 70’s German avant guard movie. A throughly enjoyable track & one that I’ll be coming back to again & again.

The soothing tones of ‘The Wolf’ calm everything down & we’re introduced to an expansive sonic world where lead guitar lines intertwine with swathes of ambient synth swells & where reverberating sounds are allowed to float along with the track until its finality. The EP’s closer entitled ‘The Master’ brings us back to reality with a bump as again the impressive percussion track & thundering guitars lead the sonic charge straight to the break. Here, the track slows almost to a stop before opening up into a whirlwind of sound waves, swirling synths and its explosive instrumental finale.

I thoroughly enjoyed this latest EP from New York based ‘Octafish’. This instrumental 3 piece have managed to mash cinematic post rock, progressive rock & a splash of post metal into an ambient soundscape with relative ease. I’d say seeing these guys play live is an immense sonic experience & I’ll definitely keep an eye on their progress going forward.








Del Chaney

Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.

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