Steven Brodsky – Octave Museum

Steven Brodsky
Octave Museum

I have been laboring over this review. I want it to come out just perfect. To encapsulate everything I love about Steven Brodsky and this amazing record he has put out. I want to convey how special I think this album is, and how I feel that everyone must own this to experience the magic and pure joy I feel when I listen to The Octave Museum.

I feel as if I need to give no background history about Steven Brodsky, who I think is one of the greatest songwriters punk music has ever seen. Anyone who was around from the beginning of Cave In can tell you how much the band has morphed, but how every album has amazing peaks which makes you fall in love with the band all over again. Or anyone who listened to Kid Kilowatt has fond memories attached with that record, whether it is riding bikes or flying kites or making out with their significant other. Or maybe that’s just me. And don’t even get me started on his solo records, especially Ole Sunday. Needless to say, I have been a big fan of Steven for almost ten years now.

I should probably get to the review because I could write a whole essay about Steven’s other bands/projects. So I went to the Hydrahead site and saw that Steven was putting out a solo record, so I hunted down his myspace page and listened to the songs posted over and over and over again. When I finally got the album I ripped it open nd put it in my CD player. It hasn’t left since. I listen to this album every single day at least twice, if not more.

The album is chock full of hummable songs with gorgeous melodies and Steven’s beautiful vocals. I really enjoy what Johnny Northrup’s bass playing brings to the table, as it adds a depth and warmth to the album. Kevin Shurtleff steady drum playing isn’t fancy, but is the perfect compliment to the songs. It anchors the songs which allow Steven and Johnny to sound fluid and loose. The Octave Museum starts out with “Voice Electric,” with its military drumming and seventies sounding guitar part and Steven’s voice reminding me a lot of the vocals on “Lift Off.” The bass playing is tight and Steve throws in a few solos towards the middle of the song. Another highlight is “Kid Defender,” with its acoustic guitar, loping basslines, steady drums and AM radio gold vocals. I see this being the single CMJ slobbers over.

I could go on and on about this album, but instead of boring you to tears and turning you off to this, I just will say this…buy this now and thank me later.