The October Solution

The October SolutionDream-rock architects The October Solution are Drew Sullivan (Slow Dancing Society, City of Satellites) and Jarrod Manuel (City of Satellites). While steeped in ’80s nostalgia, their music moves beyond familiar tropes to stand as defiantly futuristic and progressive. Their songs resonate with soaring guitars, ethereal vocals, and deftly woven pop melodies, melding the incandescent ambient sounds of Slow Dancing Society within the propulsive songcraft of City of Satellites.
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Discography

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Axis Swim Scar


April 2015

While steeped in ’80s nostalgia, their music moves beyond familiar tropes to stand as defiantly futuristic and progressive, no better exemplified than on single ‘1984’, which draws upon the sweeping grandeur of Disintegration-era Cure. Axis Swim Scar resonates with soaring guitars,ethereal vocals, and deftly woven pop melodies, melding the incandescent ambient sounds of Slow Dancing Society within the propulsive song-craft of City of Satellites.

Biography

The October Solution – Drew Sullivan (Slow Dancing Society, City of Satellites) and Jarrod Manuel (City of Satellites) – originally formed as EO in 2011, releasing two EPs, Breathe Your Air and Somewhere Human, before changing their name to The October Solution in 2013. While the duo operate at opposite ends of the globe – with Manuel based in Adelaide, Australia and Sullivan in Spokane, USA – this independent collaboration was born from a City of Satellites production meet-up in the US, where the pair bonded over their shared love of ’80s and ’90s pop music and shoegaze.

The October Solution’s debut album Axis Swim Scar (mastered by Jonas Munk) will see release through Hidden Shoal on 15th April 2015, followed by a deluxe compilation re-issue of their first two EPs later in the year.

 

News

  • Eat Your Friends: A Hidden Shoal 10th Anniversary Compilation

    Eat Your FriendsHidden Shoal is excited to end the celebration of its 10th year of existence with the new compilation album Eat Your Friends, comprising remixes and covers of Hidden Shoal artists, by Hidden Shoal artists. This freely downloadable album not only showcases the wealth of original music released through Hidden Shoal, but also the creative ingenuity and deft musical touch of the remixers and cover artists.

    From searing solar-flared adaptations to delicately reconstructed covers, deep space jam reworkings, and shimmering ambient tapestries, Eat Your Friends reimagines the Hidden Shoal discography in new and beautiful ways, playing to all the strengths of the roster’s dizzying array of talent.

    Includes remixes and covers by: Antonymes, Arc Lab, Glanko, Wayne Harriss, Liminal Drifter, Makee, Chloe March, Markus Mehr, Erik Nilsson, REW<<, Slow Dancing Society, Tin Manzano, Willem Gator, and Zealous Chang  of music by: Arc Lab, Brother Earth, Cheekbone, City of Satellites, Medard Fischer, Gilded, Glanko & Daniel Bailey, Kryshe, Memorybell, Erik Nilsson, perth, Slow Dancing Society, Tangled Star, Umpire, and Zealous Chang.

    Eat Your Friends is available now as a free download via Bandcamp and is also streamable via SoundCloud. Listen and then throw yourself into the wormhole as you explore the originals and more work by the remixers and cover artists.  For all the filmmakers, games designers and others in need of engaging music, don’t forget that all tracks in our catalogue are available for licensing (film, tv, games, compilations etc).

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  • Hidden Shoal is 10!

    Hidden ShoalHidden Shoal is extremely excited to be celebrating its 10th birthday this month. It’s hard to believe that back in May 2006, Perth-based musicians Cam Merton, Stuart Medley and Malcolm Riddoch began Hidden Shoal Recordings as a means to put out releases by local artists. Tim Clarke, based in Melbourne, joined the team in 2007. Hidden Shoal has since gone on to become a much-loved independent label and publisher, releasing over 120 albums from a diverse range of international artists and licensing music from its catalogue across film, tv, web and compilation.

    Stay tuned for special anniversary announcements in the coming months!

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  • The October Solution ‘Lost’ Music Video Up for Awards!

    The October Solution - Axis Swim ScarWe’re excited to announce that the brilliant music video for The October Solution track ‘Lost’ by the CINEMÂCHÉ team has been nominated for Best Music Video in this years South Australian Screen Awards! CINEMÂCHÉ have also been nominated for Best Editor, Best Production Design and Best Director of Cinematography for ‘Lost’!

    ‘Lost’ is taken from the sumptuous dream pop extravaganza that is The October Solution’s 2015 album Axis Swim Scar.

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  • Gorgeous New Single from The October Solution

    The October Solution - Axis Swim ScarWe’re excited to share the gorgeous new single from Australia via US dream-pop duo The October Solution, taken from their debut album Axis Swim Scar.  ‘Stolen’ distills Disintegration-era Cure and 80s pop romanticism into a slice of languid, escapist dream-pop. What’s most striking about this track is its restraint, able to hold the listener rapt, even when it strips back to just the soaring guitar of Drew Sullivan (Slow Dancing Society) and the ethereal vocals of Jarrod Manuel (City of Satellites). The October Solution work within and move beyond familiar tropes to present a defiantly futuristic and progressive vision. Axis Swim Scar resonates with deftly woven pop melodies, melding the incandescent ambient sounds of Slow Dancing Society within the propulsive songcraft of City of Satellites.

    Download the song for free via the band’s Bandcamp and be sure to check out Axis Swim Scar while you’re there. ‘Stolen’ is also available for streaming via SoundCloud.

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  • Doomed Love & Sea Monsters – New Music Video from The October Solution

    Lost Video StillThe new video and single from The October Solution is here! Last month we shared some exciting production stills from the shoot of ‘Lost’, and now the video is ready to blow your mind.

    Produced by CINEMÂCHÉ (Daniel Principe of Studio Sunkie), the video “tells the tale of a sea monster’s doomed love affair with a woman who abruptly disappears. During his obsession-driven search for her he not only comes to re-examine the darker aspects of their relationship, but also to question the very nature of everything he once believed.” Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    The track itself brings to bear the duo’s redoubtable talents, melding the incandescent ambient sounds of Slow Dancing Society within the propulsive songcraft of City of Satellites. This is dream-pop of the highest order, with its transportive visual accompaniment the icing on the cake.

    ‘Lost’ is taken from The October Solution’s recently released debut album Axis Swim Scar. Watch the music video at YouTube or Vimeo, download the track at BandCamp and stream it at SoundCloud.

     

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  • Sneak Peeks of New Video from The October Solution!

    We’re excited to share some production stills from the forthcoming music video for The October Solution track ‘Lost’. The video is being produced by the wonderful Studio Sunkie team who also made the brilliant clip for City of Satellites’ ‘Machine Is My Animal (Tin Manzano Remix)‘. ‘Lost’ is taken from The October Solution’s recently released debut album Axis Swim Scar.

    Let’s add some context to those beautiful stills – “the video tells the tale of a sea monster’s doomed love affair with a woman who abruptly disappears. During his obsession driven  search for her he not only comes to re-examine the darker aspects of their relationship, but also to question the very nature of everything he believes in.” Now that is our kind of story!

     

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  • Hidden Shoal Artists Featured at Textura This Month

    Markus Mehr 'Only For A While'It’s a Hidden Shoal bonanza at Textura at the moment! Tracks from The October Solution​, Kramies​ and Les Limbes​ are all featured along with the new video for Markus Mehr​’s ‘Only For A While’.

    Check it all out here.

     

     

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  • The October Solution’s “Axis Swim Scar” Out Now!

    The October Solution - Axis Swim ScarWe’re excited to finally be able to announce the release of The October Solution‘s stunning debut album Axis Swim Scar. If you’re late to the party, dream-pop architects The October Solution are the inimitable combo of Drew Sullivan (Slow Dancing Society, City of Satellites) and Jarrod Manuel (City of Satellites). While steeped in ’80s nostalgia, their music moves beyond familiar tropes to stand as defiantly futuristic and progressive, no better exemplified than on the 1st single ‘1984’, which draws upon the sweeping grandeur of Disintegration-era Cure. Axis Swim Scar resonates with soaring guitars,ethereal vocals, and deftly woven pop melodies, melding the incandescent ambient sounds of Slow Dancing Society within the propulsive song-craft of City of Satellites.

    Head here to stream and buy a copy of the album and also look out for it at the usual digital outlets such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and the rest. Don’t forget to download a free copy of 1st single, ‘1984’ here as well.

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  • The October Solution ‘1984’ – First Single from “Axis Swim Scar”

    The October Solution '1984'Hidden Shoal is excited to announce the release of ‘1984’, the first cut from Axis Swim Scar, the debut album by dream-pop architects The October Solution (Drew Sullivan of Slow Dancing Society and City of Satellites, and Jarrod Manuel of City of Satellites). While steeped in ’80s nostalgia, their music moves beyond familiar tropes to stand as defiantly futuristic and progressive, no better exemplified than on single ‘1984’, which draws upon the sweeping grandeur of Disintegration-era Cure. Axis Swim Scar resonates with soaring guitars, ethereal vocals, and deftly woven pop melodies, melding the incandescent ambient sounds of Slow Dancing Society within the propulsive songcraft of City of Satellites.

    The October Solution originally formed as EO in 2011, releasing two EPs, Breathe Your Air and Somewhere Human, before changing their name to The October Solution in 2013. While the duo operate at opposite ends of the globe – with Jarrod Manuel based in Adelaide, Australia and Drew Sullivan based in Spokane, USA – this independent collaboration was born at a City of Satellites production meet-up in the US, where the pair bonded over their shared love of ’80s and ’90s pop music and shoegaze.

    ‘1984’ is available now as a free download and stream. Axis Swim Scar will see official release on the 14th of April.

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  • The October Solution Sign to Hidden Shoal

    The October SolutionHidden Shoal fans will be delighted at the news of our signing of dream-rock architects of The October Solution. Although the band name may not be familiar, its members certainly will be: The October Solution are Drew Sullivan (Slow Dancing Society, City of Satellites) and Jarrod Manuel (City of Satellites). While steeped in ’80s nostalgia, their music moves beyond familiar tropes to stand as defiantly futuristic and progressive. As you would expect from Sullivan and Manuel’s lineage, their songs resonate with soaring guitars, ethereal vocals, and deftly woven pop melodies, melding the incandescent ambient sounds of Slow Dancing Society within the propulsive songcraft of City of Satellites.

    The band’s debut full-length, Axis Swim Scar, will be released through Hidden Shoal on the 15th of April, with the first single dropping on the 25th of February. Hidden Shoal will also be releasing a deluxe re-issue of the band’s first two EPs later in the year.

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Reviews

  • The October Solution ‘Lost’ Reviewed at MFOA

    “spaced out australian band the october solution creates music that harkens back to dark 80’s pop while including touches of modern electronica, post-rock, and even soul. it’s a strange mix that goes down smooth. i encourage you to observe the dream-like, creepy/sexy video for their new song ‘lost’, featuring a voyeuristic fish-man. one of the weirder videos i’ve gotten here. i like it.”

    The Modern Folk Music of America

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  • The October Solution “Axis Swim Scar” Reviewed at Music Won’t Save You

    [Translated via Google from the Italian original]

    “The borders of new-wave, shoegaze and ambient guitar overlap in this new project, The October Solution, which sees protagonists Jarrod Manuel (City Of Satellites) and Drew Sullivan ( Slow Dancing Society) join together.

    While working at a distance, between Australia and the US west coast, the two artists have had the opportunity to meet, exchanging their interests for the music of the 80s, that of 4AD, the dark-hued wave and shoegaze. From this meeting of different experiences and affinity of tastes they have taken the moves the eight tracks of “Axis Swim Scar”, outlining a mixture of evanescent electro-pop, punctuated by rhythmic dry and furrowed with ethereal melodies and dreamy.

    Not only longing lives work, on the contrary aesthetics of the eighties revival currently in vogue, despite some excess synth, for both artists is manifested not be a simple aesthetic suggestion, but a natural propensity expressive, complementary and consistent with their personal projects.”

    Music Won’t Save You

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Lyrics

 

Axis Swim Scar

All Lyrics by Jarrod Manuel

 

1984

You know I torture myself
Because I can never go back
To 1984
As I remember it then
Let me go

You know I torture myself
‘Cause I can never go back
And the words that we said
And the things that I did
They were wrong


 

Lost

I don’t want to feel like this
I want to be like this
I don’t want to feel so lost tonight

I could never let you know that
I could never let you go (and)
I don’t want to feel so dark inside

I’ve been waiting for a train
In a funny world I can’t explain
You never look inside my mind
When they try and cut you down
You never turned around
I never looked inside your eyes


 

Stolen

Found myself on your front porch again
Stolen lie
I know everything
Walked away you knew my grace
Fill in time
Your empty face

You won’t take me
You won’t take me away

Broken town live on this edge
Know this town
Know everything

You won’t take me
You won’t take me away

Found myself on your front porch again……..

You won’t take me


 

Softly

I’m back on the edge
I told you twice
I’m building the buildings
Inside my mind

The future memory
I cannot define
It’s hidden in
The road outside

And I was walking
Home tonight
I can’t fight the feeling
You burned the sky?

Holding on the edge
A pretender friend
I try and understand
What is happening?

Where were you when I was hurting?

Everytime I say I try to get away
I’m built inside a maze
Why don’t you understand

Where were you when I was hurting?

Fighting on the edge I can’t see a thing
You never said to me
I could be anything but

Where were you when I was hurting?

Look in to my eyes don’t you realise
You never understand
What is happening?

Where were you when I was hurting?


 

You I Miss

The streets were wrong
They never made much sense at all

Those ruined nights
I shouldn’t feel so bad tonight

I miss you
I miss you hard….

I was on my way back out of town
Can I see you?
Can I see you?

Those ruined nights
I shouldn’t feel so bad tonight

I miss you
I miss you hard

I was on my way back out of town
Can I see you?
Can I see you?
Walking to a beat that never agrees
Can I see you?
Can I see you?
No I don’t want to change
Or want to fear anything

I was on my way back out of town
Can I see you?
Can I see you?
Walking to a beat that never agrees
Can I see you?
Can I see you?


 

Alone In The Grey

Alone in the grey again
Me and my shadow

I’ll never give it up
Sometimes they go too slow
Me and my shadow

Walking all night again
‘Cause I got no place to go

I never give it up
Sometimes I feel so low
Just me and my shadow


 

Paper Rider

I’ve been running for ages
Slowly split my time

I anchor the world but
It only slides, slide

I’m leaving the memories
To a plastic man
He tried to bury his soul but
It only slides, slide

I’ve been crying but laughing
At a mental world
Time ticks on and
I only slide, slide

The stars have been falling
The light is still on
I wonder if the spacemen
Can only slide, slide


 

 

Traffic Tonight

C’mon let’s go
Just drive……

I want to chase the traffic tonight
C’mon let’s go
I want to count the stars

C’mon let’s go
Just drive……

I want to chase the traffic tonight
C’mon let’s go
I want to watch the stars

I was feeling just a little alone
Still I knew you were there
I was waiting for the phone to call
I was waiting for the phone

I was feeling just a little alone
I was waiting for the phone to call

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Licensing

The October Solution’s music is  available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.

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