It’s hard not to notice how much of Octoberman’s 5th album What More What More wrestles with the subject of death. A rumination on the loss of loved ones, friendships, or simply the world as he knows it, hope still permeates Toronto-based songwriter Marc Morrissette’s vocals.
Engineered and mixed by Andy Magoffin at the House of Miracles in Preston, Ontario with additional tracking in Toronto courtesy of Annelise Noronha, Justin Nace and Tavo Diez de Bonilla, this folk-rock offering expands further upon 2012’s Jim Guthrie co-produced Waiting In The Well (Saved By Vinyl). Alongside Morrissette (vocals, guitar), the familiar line-up of Marshall Bureau(drums), Shaun Brodie (trumpet), Tavo Diez de Bonilla (bass), Randy Lee (violin) as well as newest member J.J. Ipsen (guitar, piano) and Andy Magoffin (horns) come together to round out the sounds. With mastering for CD / Digital done by Joao Carvalho, the vinyl version, which includes four bonus songs including Jonathan Richman and Andy Swan covers, was handled by John Golden.
Out August 19th on the band’s own imprint, Ishmalia Records, What More What More asks many of life’s unavoidable questions.