LA-based, New England-bred indie rockers The Rare Occasions have released their brand new single 'Origami' ahead of their sophomore album due for release next week on June 18th.
Another classic indie rock banger from the trio, 'Origami' is reminiscent of the early 00's. Fans of the likes of Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes will be instantly hooked by the sing along nature of the track, cool drum beats and energetic hooks which create an indulgent sound which oozes cool but also full of class and sophistication. Well written, well produced and simply just effortlessly good - 'Origami' is only a snippet of what we have to come, and here at The Lowdown, we are excited.
On the track, lead vocalist/guitarist Brian McLaughlin shares:
"This past year has felt claustrophobic in every sense, with life seemingly folding in on itself time and time again. Whenever I feel crowded out by my own thoughts, I find the outdoors at night to be a welcoming escape, moving through the dark after the world has gone to sleep. I hope this song can serve as a reminder to seek out the quiet and calm that exists outside our noisy little brains."
'Big Whoop' serves as the bands second album release and is defined by the intensely DIY nature of the recording process. Almost every aspect of the production was done by the band themselves. The recording sessions were all done in McLaughlin's living room and spare bedroom, where he also mixed the songs. Luke Imbusch composed the orchestral arrangements, recruiting and then conducting a live string quartet for the recording. The band collectively shares production credits, with each member bringing their own unique contributions to the table. Mastering was done by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden.
On the album, the band says,
"So much of this album was born out of struggle which forced us out of our comfort zones and to think beyond our own barriers. After the departure of our guitarist, Peter, we knew we had more to give to the world. This process pushed us to broaden our approach to songwriting, arranging and production. We had released a couple of preliminary singles and then the pandemic hit which halted everything for months. This forced us to step back again, refine what we had created, and expand our new sound even further."
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