Steal This Track: The Epilogues and Otem RellikBy Josh Johnson | October 9th, 2012 | No Comments »
Welcome back from the only holiday that celebrates poor navigation as discovery. We’ve got new music for your grubby little ears from synth-rock sensation the Epilogues and experimental hip-hop artist Otem Rellik.
The Epilogues, as a band, has momentum. And that says a lot, considering the Denver group had a semi-hit song that earned it national attention, followed by years of being churned in the surf of mainstream labels before finally getting tossed ashore sans LP. Well, the guys were the diamond in the rough for Greater Than Collective, a Denver label whose primary goal is realizing the vision of Denver artists. Last weekend, the Epilogues released its first true LP, “Cinematics,” to Denver audiences with a show at Summit Music Hall. The rest of the world will get a first listen on Nov. 6. The band has been maintaining its momentum throughout the behemoth-label struggles with videos, releases and memorable live shows, but it remains to be seen if this album will finally be an arrival, planting its flag on the national stage. Considering Rolling Stone has already shared “Paradigm Shift,” the song we’re offering for theft, it seems the interest is still there. And all is well that ends well: By returning to Denver for label support, the Epilogues can share the momentum with a label equally deserving of national gaze.
Ever seen someone play a baby doll head? No? You’ve never seen Denver’s (via Fort Collins) Otem Rellik. Yes, this one-man producer/MC/singer/instrumentalist/engineer is known for turning the head of a baby doll into a synth instrument. But if you leave it at that, you’re missing out. Indeed, he does bend circuit boards and build synth instruments out of trash, but he balances that with lyrical honesty and vulnerability that gives Slug from Atmosphere the transparency of a presidential candidate. On his latest release, “blood bone piano,” the songs are bone deep. This is a break-up album (he told us), and it shows. Moods shift, beats and sounds vary, but the piano and the contrast of desperation about the past and hope for the future remain. We’re gonna put two tracks here and walk away. What happens, happens. The first, “death, in two parts” shows his upbeat, alt-hip-hop side. The next, “our hearts, our hands,” is a brutal piano ballad with beats and rhymes. Either way, the emotions are like tearing off a baby head. The entire album is available for $4 at his Bandcamp site.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.