Musician Mark Vogler, working under the moniker of Summon The Octopi, presents his latest musical effort ‘Nonversations’. Offering up an odd and varied selection of tracks, Vogler showcases an interesting style that draws out different ideas from the post-rock genre, presenting it in a refreshing and enjoyable way. There’s typical formats and aesthetics here and there, though there’s an interesting element running throughout the entire album, keeping it enjoyable as it progresses from track to track, offering surprise after surprise. There’s a fair amount on offer here, which is definitely not a quintessential post-rock experience.
The post-rock genre seems to anchor the entire album together, though a complete listen to the EP doesn’t offer the same results as one would expect from an album of this genre. Vogler pushes forward the post-rock aesthetics on his latest recording, resulting in an enjoyable album experience, though there’s a few twists and turns here and there to keep things alive. It’s not typical, giving it its own feeling of vibrancy. For the most part, the EP effort is very enjoyable, showcasing some great strengths of Vogler as a musician and composer. At times, things seem to get a little hectic here and there, and whilst it doesn’t seem to ruin the overall experience of ‘Nonversations’, it does present an odd feeling that doesn’t tie in with the rest of the album. Perhaps this is Vogler’s intention, to keep the listener on their toes, but it doesn’t seem to have much meaning in some respects.
‘Nonversations’ is certainly odd and a little crazy here and there, though it offers a very enjoyable selection of post-rock styling, presenting in a refreshing enjoyable way. It seems Vogler hasn’t allowed himself to be restricted by the genre, and instead just pushes forward whatever he feels like presenting (including some non-post-rock tracks it should be mentioned!). It’s bizarre in places, and rather unpredictable, but there’s still a weird accessible element running throughout the album, keeping the listener’s attention rather comfortably. ‘Nonversations’ comes across as a very enjoyable EP effort, one showcasing Vogler’s talents in very strong ways.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- Slobodan The Sloth
- Apricots Apricate (Alligators Alligate)
- Rehabosaurus Rex
- Lulling Wave, Sullen Gaze (All Is Space)
Summon The Octopi’s latest release ‘Nonversations’ is out now.