For years, the Octopodes of Johns Hopkins University have been establishing themselves as a respected co-ed a cappella mainstay. Their consistently strong sound, rich blend and tuning have made them a group respected for both their recorded offerings as well as – and especially for – their live performances.
Now, the Octopodes have endeavored to take the true essence of their live show to a clean, crisp studio album. “Code Blue,” released last month, is now available for digital download through A Cappella Records. And this is not an album you want to pass over!
The group taps into multiple genres to create a start-to-finish pulse-pounding experience. Using songs such as “Uprising” by Muse, “Bulletproof” by La Roux and “Reckless Abandonment” by The Spill Canvas – as well as an original called “The Clock,” penned by the group’s own Diego Ardila – the Octopodes have created a 10-track journey of excitement. Their aim was to “move recording a cappella back into a truer form of the genre,” and they accomplish this goal by tending toward simpler production free of heavy effects and intricate arrangements while still offering a professional finished product that stands up to its more effected brethren.
The Octopodes are the oldest group at their school, using their status to pave the way for groups both at JHU and beyond over the past two decades. They pride themselves on effervescence and attitude, bringing their enthralling and infectious energy to audiences near and far though concerts, tours, successful turns in the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella and multiple appearances on the Best of College A cappella compilation album.
Check out “Code Blue” on iTunes today!