Friday, December 2, 2016

Harps weigh heavy on first single off The Olympians debut LP for Daptone

The Olympians
Sirens of Jupiter b/w Apollo's Dream (Daptone Records)

The Olympians' first single on Daptone Records exudes mystery, rhythm and soul with each groove of the record. Produced and engineered by keyboard player Toby Pazner, the two tracks are emblematic of the sound he created for the bands self-titled debut LP out now. After traveling to Greece to play at the foot of the Acropolis and swimming in the Aegian sea, Pazner was visited by a toga-cloaked figure who tasked him with telling the story of the ancient Olympians through song. After the vision reappeared night after night, Pazner had no choice but to fulfill the calling, and work on the LP began.

The A-side, "Sirens of Jupiter" features every instrument at Pazner's disposal right out of the gate. Dueling harps, tough drums, low octave piano and percussive bass are all met with shrill strings that descend into the entrance of the horns played by Daptone session regulars Neal Sugarman, Leon Michels and Michael Leonhart. The B-side, "Apollo's Mood" embodies what Pazner thinks would be playing while Apollo sits in the blazing sun on the beach sipping some wine and watching the waves go by on a day-off. Check out both tracks below.

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