"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
**New album out early 2020**
Octavia Freud's second album, 'Smoke & mirrors' is almost ready for release. Check out the cover artwork opposite. The 10 track album will be made available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and CD albums will be available at Oxford's local independent TRUCK record store. Nightshift magazine have done a review of the album in their latest 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
**Latest gig news**
Octavia Freud will be playing live supporting Means of Production at the Port Mahon pub in Oxford on Saturday 21st March 2020. Doors 7pm.
Octavia Freud will also be playing live supporting Tiger Mendoza on 25th March 2020 at 7.30pm at the Library pub in Oxford. There are more details here and on the gig page...
**Octavia Freud remix release news**
Tiger Mendoza has done a remix of Octavia Freud's 'Smoke & Mirrors' title track for the release of the new album. Preview it on the music page..sounds banging.
Octavia Freud has also 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...
Octavia Freud is currently working on a remix and rarities release. The album will include Tiger Mendoza's latest remix, two brand new mixes of the club friendly track, 'Let's funk this house', plus alternative recordings of 'Revolution', 'She's in the mood for dancing' & 'I'm waiting for the man'. Check out the music page for previews.
**Bandcamp up and running**
There are now tracks and merch available to purchase from the bandcamp site here...
**Octavia Freud at Modern Art Oxford**
Friday 7th February 2020 sees the return of Octavia Freud on DJ duties. He has been asked to be resident DJ at Modern Art Oxford's upcoming private view launch events this year. 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
Octavia Freud has also been asked by Modern Art Oxford to compile a playlist of some of his favourite tunes and a 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'.