"Atmospheric one-man electro noise maker Octavia Freud has echoes of Lydia Lunch and Poison Girls melding with more contemporary sound mosaic makers like Tune-Yards and Solex. It is an oddball treat well worth your investigation."
"Lo fi space pop solo artiste Octavia Freud is the most exciting new act I've come across for a long time."
SEBASTIAN REYNOLDS, THEFOUROHFIVE.COM
Tiger Mendoza remix now available on Bandcamp
Tiger Mendoza has done a remix of the title track 'Smoke & mirrors' from Octavia Freud's brand new album. Sounds banging! It is now available to download from Bandcamp.
'Smoke & mirrors' album out now on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and Amazon
Octavia Freud's second album, 'Smoke & mirrors' is out now on all the usual digital platforms, including Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. You can follow the link to the Bandcamp page to download it now. There is also a gatefold CD version which includes the bonus cover track 'Waiting for the man' which will be available to pick up at Oxford's local independent TRUCK record store as soon as it is safe to do so. Or make contact to get the CD mailed out.
Nightshift magazine album review
Nightshift magazine have done a review of the new album in their March edition...
"On the surface there seems to be a lot of love on Octavia Freud’s new album. In reality these ten tracks conjure up images closer to dimly lit basement S&M bars than soft-focus honeymoon scenes. Octavia Freud – the work of musician Martin Andrews – is part of a tiny but fertile local electronic music sub-scene alongside the likes of Tiger Mendoza, Means of Production and The Subtheory, all eschewing the modern, mangled lightweight incarnation of the term for darker, heavier, more austere electronic sounds. In Octavia Freud’s case the starting points are 70s synth pioneers Suicide: from the reverbed to-buggery vocals of the title track and the giddy yelps on ‘No Final Light’, to the almost rockabilly propulsion of ‘You Love to Watch’, Vega and Rev are Andrews’ touchstones. He’s at his best when he’s at his darkest: the bubbling, lo-fi minimal wave of ‘Photographs and the lysergic ‘Love Me Again’. Best of the lot is the sleek, dark ‘Safety in Numbers’. ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ is enjoyably low-rent synth-pop, inventive enough to rise above its production values to deliver its stark message: there is no love here, just the beating heart of the machine."
Nightshift magazine March 2020
BBC Oxford Introducing radio play
The track, 'End love/solo' taken from Octavia Freud's new album was played on Saturday 14 March on the BBC Oxford Introducing programme. Ronan from Nightshift magazine also recommended the album from this month's current crop of releases. Here is the link to the full show.
Gig Cancellation news
Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation all upcoming Octavia Freud gigs in March have been postponed. This includes Octavia Freud's gig at the Port Mahon pub in Oxford on Saturday 21st March 2020 and the gig with Tiger Mendoza on 25th March 2020 at the Library pub in Oxford. Hopefully we can reschedule the gigs for later in the year when it is safe to do so.
Octavia Freud remix release news
Octavia Freud has done a remix of Tiger Mendoza's 'And Then' track for TM's remix project in aid of Food banks in Oxford. Check out Octavia Freud's remix here...
Brand new T-SHIRT merchandise
Octavia Freud has designed several new T-Shirt designs which will be available to buy at upcoming gigs. Check out the merch page to see the new designs.
Octavia Freud at Modern Art Oxford
Friday 7th February 2020 sees the return of Octavia Freud on DJ duties. Martin will be playing a 2 hour influences set at MAO from 6pm-8pm. This will be followed by a live set by female electro outfit Sink Ya Teeth. Free entry
Modern Art Oxford have asked Martin to compile a playlist of some of his favourite tunes and a write blog of his cultural year for their website. Check out his playlist and blog on their website.
**Previous releases available**
Octavia Freud's debut album 'Romance & heartache' is available on various digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon and can be streamed via Spotify.
A limited run of digipack CD copies are available to order via the contact page and at gigs.
Anyone local to Oxford, UK can also purchase the album at the wonderful independent TRUCK records store on the Cowley road.
A selection of Octavia Freud's early recordings are also available on a 4 track compilation, 'Reflections in light'.