Sladerfluous: ‘Jelly’ by Roboctopus

- Posted April 25th, 2014 by

Big things come in small packages, and that’s exactly what you get with ‘Jelly’ by Roboctopus.

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Lighthearted, explorative and accessible, ‘Jelly’ by Roboctopus does more with four tracks than others often can with eleven. Roboctopus redefines the meaning of “full album” with ‘Jelly’, a 4 track EP that will leave you full, and craving seconds.

Thoughtful harmonies employed by Roboctopus throughout the album keep transitions fresh, with title track “Midnight at the Ice Palace” showcasing Roboctopus’ ability to flow into new and unique transitions, ensuring intrigue with each purposeful deviation.

‘Jelly’ does a lot with a little. Roboctopus infuses excitement into this latest EP, employing clever tweaks and variations on its own established melodies with an efficiency that inspires. “Evening for the Rest of Your Life (Remix)” even goes so far as to pull the rug out from its own melody during a midway transition to spotlight its bassline undercurrent with refreshing abandon.

While strong ties imbue ‘Jelly’ with a certain uniformity throughout its four ambitious tracks, “Memory Erasers Local” is the strongest departure from the rest of the album with deep explorations into echo, pans and distance, creating hypnotic hooks alongside an upbeat anthem.

‘Jelly’ has a trademark effervescence that culminates with “Can’t Have the Fish if you Ain’t Got the Jelly” which, simply put, is a quirky experiment that WORKS.  It’s lighthearted and fun, infusing an unexpected drop into explorative basslines underneath an unapologetic grab-bag of chip pop-blips and synth that dares to redefine the term “melody”.

‘Jelly’ by Roboctopus is available on Bandcamp right now for “pay-what-you-want” at a minimum of $2(USD). For the LSDJ curious, the .wav files of all 4 tracks are included with your purchase of the album.

“Jelly” is a must listen that plays out as its own mini-odessey, weaving through each of its four distinct tracks with a finesse that evades expectation.

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