MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Wolf Georgia
A Cosmic Journey in Indie Rock
In the ever-evolving tapestry of rock music, it's a rare and delightful phenomenon when a band harmonizes the raw energy of experimental soundscapes with the allure of pop aesthetics. OTIS INFRASTRUCTURE, a trio hailing from the vibrant streets of New York City, achieves this with a poetic finesse in their latest full-length masterpiece, "In A Room".
Set to enchant the world on January 18, 2024, this album is not just a collection of songs, but a mosaic of musical innovation and heartfelt expression. Born from the solo ambitions of guitarist and vocalist Dean Essner in College Park, MD, OTIS INFRASTRUCTURE has blossomed into a symphony of three with Alex Torres (drums) and Mike Perri (bass) adding their unique colors to the canvas.
The album opens with its titular track, “In A Room”, an odyssey that begins with a guitar line reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix's electric whispers. This introduction sets the stage for a sonic journey that seamlessly weaves together a tapestry of explosive guitar and bass, reminiscent of a cosmic dance between stars and voids. The musical arrangement ebbs and flows, moving from an intense upbeat common time push to a soulful half-time groove, echoing the funk and coolness of Red Hot Chili Peppers. The vocals, a hauntingly beautiful blend reminiscent of RHCP’s Anthony Kiedis and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, invite the listener to float, not just in a room, but in the expansive realm of the cosmos.
“Gale Winds”, another gem in the album, starts with a dance-inducing acoustic guitar melody, a siren call to the rhythm of life. The song is elevated by a groovy, syncopated bass and drum ensemble, painting a vibrant soundscape. The vocals dance playfully, reminiscent of the joyous spirit of '90s alt-pop bands like Barenaked Ladies. The chorus is a melody that echoes in the soul, a hauntingly catchy tune that drifts into the realms of memory.
The album, a reflection of the introspection and shadow of pandemic life, is a beacon of musical exploration. The polished craftsmanship, thanks to the mixing and production talents of Ben H Allen III and Sahil Ansari, adds a layer of depth and clarity to the album, making it a profound listening experience.
Born from the solo ambitions of guitarist and vocalist Dean Essner in College Park, MD, OTIS INFRASTRUCTURE has blossomed into a symphony of three with Alex Torres (drums) and Mike Perri (bass) adding their unique colors to the canvas.