Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Ophelias - Almost

Darkly shaded themes swathed in bright art rock and related in delicious harmonies are the order of the day on Almost, the second album by Cincinnati's The Ophelias.  The quartet get the balance just right, and aided by the unconventional deployment of a violin, as well as keys, bass, percussion and guitar, the ten songs present a fresh take on pop music.  And while the band never disguises the serious themes (what would one expect from a band named after a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet?), these ten songs seem to be lighter than air and listening to them is like being surrounded by a sparkly mist.  And that experience is as good as it sounds -- give it a try.

The Ophelias are Spencer Peppet (guitar/vocals/songwriting), Grace Weir (bass), Andrea Gutmann-Fuentes (violin/piano), and Micaela Adams (drums).  Almost is out now in digital and vinyl formats via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Bandcamp for Almost

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