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October Project

In their brief, three-year career, October Project released two albums stuffed to the seams with soaring, sweeping, aching melodies. Their intense, plaintive pop songs are tinged with the influence of both the alternative pop and new age movements of the 1990s, but they seem to have more in common with Broadway musicals than with any other pop musicians (although the band has admitted a similarity to early Jefferson Airplane recordings). Both of the latter comparisons are in large measure due to the enormous sound of Mary Fahl's powerful lead vocals. At a time when most female pop singers affected some degree of waifishness, Fahl held nothing back. Her voice was the focal point of a sound dominated by vocal harmonies -- all four of the band's musicians sing at some point, and the soaring arrangements have provoked frequent comparisons to classical choral music. The melodies are written by Emil Adler, who plays piano, keyboards and harmonium. Marina Belica also plays keyboards, and sings duets with Fahl on almost every chorus. David Sabatino's rhythmic acoustic and electric guitars are the primary reason these string-dominated ballads remain in the realm of pop-rock music. The fifth band member is not a musician: Adler's wife, Julie Flanders, wrote most of the lyrics. Her words combine a subtle mysticism with an earthy sensuality, and her stories are well suited to the intense yearning of the music. One of her songs, "Take Me As I Am," is a dark love story inspired by Anne Rice's novel Interview With the Vampire. The band began its career playing in friends' living rooms, but they really constructed the specifics of their distinctive sound in the studio while in the process of recording their first (self-titled) album. Released in 1993, the record was produced by Peter Collins (who has also produced the similarly harmony-driven Indigo Girls). Their second album, Falling Farther In, surfaced on Billboard's Top 200 in 1995. Apparently that wasn't enough for Sony's Epic label, which booted the band off its rolls in 1996 and October Project disbanded shortly thereafter. Three years later, Adler and Flanders decided to continue on by releasing A Thousand Days under the moniker November Project and before long, Belica invited the two to participate in making her debut album Decembergirl, on which Belica covered "Return To Me", originally found on October Project's 1993 self titled debut. After the experience of performing on Decembergirl, Adler, Flanders, and Belica chose to reunite as a trio under the name October Project to continue the legacy, which they did with the self-released 2003 EP Different Eyes. ~ Darryl Cater, Rovi
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I am always awe struck every time I hear something from this woman. Her breathy voice is seductive and ethereal.
One of many random picks from the college used cd store. Discovered Birthday Party, Einsturzende Neubaten, Coil, March Violets, and OP selftitled debut. Instantly spellbound. Still listen randomly to Pandora and hit fleamarkets to discover hidden treasures like these
Found their album at a secondhand store, best random purchase I've made in a long time.
an undiscovered gem ... one of the best!
rbranch18
Considering that their first album came out in 1193, I do not understand why they did not get any national air time! This had become one of my top five all time favorites with only a couple of listen-throu g h s . Mary Fahl's vocals are hauntingly beautiful!
662425458
Truly beautiful music!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
harp123me
we named out daughter after the Ariel song....
treehugger64
Mary Fahl is still singing. She's recorded sound tracks for movies (Gods and Generals; The Guys) and commercials and has released several albums including her take on Pink Floyd (From the Dark Side of the Moon) and she should have a new album out soon.(late 2011 /early 2012). She recently married and her husband has encouraged her solo work and she still has an amazing voice - without the band. Saw her live at a great house concert venue in Delaware (CoolDogConc e r t s ) . Amazing voice.
Definitely one of the best-worded reviews of a band I have read here on Pandora. There is nothing I have heard quite like the sound of October Project, especially the debut album -- which takes you in from the beginning, and keeps you all the way to the end and beyond.
What a powerful and memorable impressive voice! It soars and then lulls you into warm bath. The music is stirring and exciting with writhing rhythem. EXCELLENT!!! !
I loved this band, what a great sound and the vocals are amazing. I truly miss October Project.
Different eyes is an OPs new album, and they're currently recording right now too! Hopefully, it will be up on Pandora shortly!
I think they're not counting Different Eyes because Mary Fahl is not a member of the band, but yes, it IS an October Project album.
Wait, I am right about November Project, but I was right about October Project having a third album not listed above. It's called "Different Eyes." Pandora needs to update this information!
Oh! I remember, it was November Project, which was put out by the remaining members of the band with some possible new members. But these recordings aren't in the Pandora circulation of songs.
Could have sworn I'd seen a third album by them.
Yes, I do see Mal, River, Inara, Kaylee, Simon, and Shepard Book when I listen to this. Great cast, series and movie. Thanks Joss
zephod7
Often music will get associated with a movie or series characters. This happened with October Project and the characters from Firefly tv series. There are songs here that make me think of the Captain, River, Wash, Inara. If any other Browncoats read this, leave a note. Do you see them too?
kscanlan05
My sister gave me their 1st album on a whim. Listened all the way thru in a dark office - I was hooked. Saw them live in Chicago shortly before the break up -great show! Heard they briefly opened for Sarah McLaughlin - that lead me to her music - a win/win!
I remember hearing "Bury my Lovely" back in the 90s on the local alternative radio station. What a haunting, beautiful song. I feel like there is a deep, rich story there and I want to know more about it.
Found this band by accident at a listening station on first release. Tremendous.. . Three years was not long enough. Would love to hear more from them.
Eerily bittersweet! October Project is on the soundtrack of some of my most significant rites of passage. Fahl's voice is so open and full, very ethereal!
adriana_itu1 0
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BAND, EVERY TIME I LISTEN TO ANY OF THE SONGS IT FEELS LIKE MY MIND TAKES OFF TO A NEW PLACE AND TIME...
I love this band!!!
im with you all . like it. new to my ears
wingsofthedr a g o n s
I saw them perform once in Atlanta as November Project. Both of these CDs are still in high rotation in my playlist.
I discovered OP on some sort of "Best of Alternative Rock" CD I bought on a whim (I'm almost certain it was at Wal-Mart!) It had "Deep As You Go" from Falling Farther In on it, and I was blown away. Of course I bought both albums and fell in love with Mary's vocals and all the others' exquisite talents (let's not forget Urbano!). It's a crime they got dropped by Epic when far lesser bands are still hanging around selling CDs to idiots.
Had the pleasure of seeing the in DC while they were still together. Their artistry and magic translated right into their live performance. I tried listening to one of Fahl's solo albums, but without Flanders writing the fantasy-dren c h e d storyline lyrics and the composition pieces of the rest of them together, it wasn't the same. Fantastic musicianship unappreciate d by the sloppy-eyed decision of a record label.
Why in the world was this group dropped? Never has music reached as deep and stirred up as much intensity as the music of October Project. Please come back October Project!
buriburichan 8
I forgot how it was I learned about this group (probably a friend told me) and I always considered them a pretty unique group, mostly because of Fahl's singing. Spent many hours listening to this way back when. Cool group.
2elumin8
I saw them twice in SFO and in Davis at the barn, CA...WOW!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! I SO miss their sound! I only wish I could have sound like that more often with a positive spiritual message with THAT much swpassion & power. Anyone have any ideas?? :)
Too bad they broke up, they had a great sound!
cool sound. a Pandora nugget.

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