Baritone guitar led groove and slack ice-burners, with playful, original sound, composed of bright and dark moments ferried along by subtle hooks, and weirdo panache.
The Whispering Olympians "Your Problems Don't Want You" is a tight collection of inventive tunes that act as space trips where tolls will be collected with each listen, and returned with musical interest accrued to the kind listener. Speaking of tolls, this is a great album to enjoy on a medium length trip to your lovers pad.
It is the ‘WO’s’ debut LP, and captures a world within its songs worth experiencing from head to toe. There is a constant thread of overcoming that which attempts to melt, or absorb you into its dispiriting, or weakening center. The songs rebel against this possibility in a variety of ways. If you’ve ever wondered what the soundtrack for an anti-apocalyptic film featuring a donut running towards an ominous chasm in the middle of a hallucinated sports arena where all the games have been played out except one----would sound like---then you’re one type of listener that will fully appreciate this album. There are many other reasons to get hooked on it.
The Whispering Olympians began life as a duo featuring William Olsen, and Domenic Maltempi, in 2012. The Olympians are headquartered in the Hudson Valley area of NY, and released their first EP "Scrimmage Shark" the following year. That record features a whimsical blend of spirited numbers that combine Maltempi's spazzy verve and lyrical talents, with Olsen's song building prowess, and fine sense of detail. The band has become a ship with richer sonic cargo, adding the creative talents of Jay Perrotta on bass, and highly regarded drummer/percussionist Jed Kosiner.
Songs such as ‘Gene Wilder’s Hair Experience,’ or ‘Better Homes and Gargling,’ demonstrate a sincerity, and emotional intensity, breathing deeply from an air full of oddball comical premises, and light-hearted absurdity. These tunes, along with their brothers and sisters, display a wide range of soothing bittersweet un-conforming-pop, and hard driving, off-kilter thoughtful punch (friendly punch). The tunes are catchy, and rock inwards and outwards, while retaining something mysterious, luring you to return for more and more rides on their back.
“Your Problems Don’t Want You,” was recorded and mixed at Applehead Recording studio in Saugerties, NY during the Summer and Fall of 2015, engaging the talents of engineer Christopher Bittner. Sarah Perrotta, chairwoman of the boards, also made significant contributions on various keyboards and backing vocals, eventually landing her as fifth member of the Olympians.
Album mastered by Carl Saff, Saff Mastering, Chicago, Illinois
Album artwork by David Litman, concept by Domenic Maltempi.
released March 4, 2016
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