Bubblegum Octopus
Tough


4.5
superb

Review

by IntriguingSergei USER (8 Reviews)
April 7th, 2015 | 23 replies


Release Date: 04/04/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A veiled beauty

Bubblegum Octopus is an experimental electronic project that integrates post-hardcore elements for a screamy, sexy, angsty edge. They’re probably meant to be a joke, but their production value and songwriting talent is sufficient to propel them up to the guilty pleasure tier, or possibly even beyond. Who knows. At this point, you should probably go and listen to a couple of their songs because, thanks to the wonderfully abstract nature of experimental music, I could probably make up a load of trash about what they might sound like and have you believe it. Go ahead, check them out; provide my credentials. However, you will most likely find that your expectations of Bubblegum Octopus were startlingly similar to the music itself, and therein lies the crux of my analysis.

This album can be defined as a tongue-in-cheek fusion of styles that results in a product that can only be truly appreciated when considered in a certain context (i.e. as a sincere yet not serious light-hearted but successful slab of synth hooks, ultrapop melodies and gritty screaming). One could read into the contrast between the hardcore elements and the electronic elements (the latter of which wholeheartedly support the inclusion of ‘bubblegum’ in the band’s name) and deduce that Bubblegum Octopus is a prime example of how a gratuitous dose of adrenaline can elevate the purposefully generic far beyond its caste. However, the greatest worth of Tough is that, as outlined by the similarities between the expectation of its sound generated from descriptions thereof, and the sound itself, it demonstrates the latent materialism behind ironic music.

An abundance of materialisms concerning the common ground between sexual identity and society exist. It could be said that the term ‘dialectic narrative’ denotes the role of the reader or writer, or in this case the listener as composer – it takes very little time for a new listener to grasp the values behind the materialism in question here (i.e. the music itself) and to adopt the habit commonly referred to as ‘backseat composition’. This is notable because the backseat composer and the actual composer are generally in complete harmony on this album, and this is a reflection of the album’s ability to immerse its audience rather than its predictability.

Bubblegum Octopus must be commended for the tactics it uses to try (perhaps facetiously) to shake the listener off the thread of composition. Soft Sun Spots contains several surprise lulls in between its infectious verses and Joyous Mist!!!’s 5 second bass solo caught me completely off guard. However, these sporadic breaks with the band’s personal convention only serve to entice the listener into working their way even further under the album’s skin in retaliation. This process is initiated by the instrumental introduction Pedal Beats Dream, which allures and distracts simultaneously with its shifting, yet strangely followable glitch.

In the grander scheme of things, this album will be viewed as inconsequential, a mere subpixel on the already grainy blue dot that is planet Earth. However, its proportions of intrinsic truth and reliability raise it beyond the level of the mundane spectrum and propel it into infinite space. A hidden classic that will reveal itself only to its limited range of listeners.



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Let
April 7th 2015


1608 Comments


Great review, and holy shit thanks for reminding me of this band, I need to give The Album Formerly Known As a listen later. pos'd

IntriguingSergei
April 7th 2015


203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Anytime

PowerBlitz
April 7th 2015


131 Comments


Electronic you say..
Might have to give this a quick listen tho.

IntriguingSergei
April 7th 2015


203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Prepare your body.

IntriguingSergei
April 7th 2015


203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yay, I got a share on their Facebook page!

paradox1216
Emeritus
April 8th 2015


730 Comments


hahaha this review is amazing

IntriguingSergei
April 8th 2015


203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thank you, paradox1216.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 9th 2015


8191 Comments


Is this band similar to Genghis Tron in any way?

Digging: Sordide - Hier Dj Mort

IntriguingSergei
April 9th 2015


203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

5.5/10 similarity.

danielito19
April 9th 2015


12075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

holy shit they finally released another album



TAFKA 8 Legged Dance Moves was my shit in high school

danielito19
April 9th 2015


12075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is weak compared to his other material |:^/

IntriguingSergei
April 9th 2015


203 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

But not compared to anything else.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2015


14139 Comments


still think cutting pink with knives do this sort of style better but this guy is fun


just feel like his clean singing isnt that great

Digging: Dalek - Absence

danielito19
April 10th 2015


12075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

8LDM and bad happy destroy anything cutting pink has ever done.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2015


14139 Comments


I dunno man i just dont get your dislike for that band

I do like this guy it just comes off as a bit cheesy and over the top sometimes for me

he does the heavier stuff better

danielito19
April 10th 2015


12075 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

they're not bad, i just can't listen to them w/o thinking "damn i'd rather listen to bubblegum octopus"

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2015


14139 Comments


Fair enough

What other good bands are there in this genre? I only know this guy and CPWK

JohnnyoftheWell
April 10th 2015


12704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

https://lovethroughcannibalism.bandcamp.com/album/metapodestroyer



An true classic, although it's more chiptune-rooted.

Digging: Two People - First Body

brainmelter
April 11th 2015


6232 Comments


Good review

Digging: You and I - The Curtain Falls

Voltimand
April 11th 2015


943 Comments


Mr. Bungle meets early Incubus.

I lol'd.



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