Say I Am
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Say I Am

Dublin, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011

Dublin, Ohio, United States
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Rock Alternative

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If you read our recent article on bedroom musicians, you will hopefully agree that the advent of state-of-the-art musical software and hardware, along with global music sharing platforms like Bandcamp, provides us with the ability to transcend traditional studio recording processes and instead make quality albums in our own messy-as-shit rooms. Steven Ostroske from Say I Am is one of the people capitalising on this. The dude writes, records, mixes, masters, and distributes all his music from his comfortable Columbus, Ohio homestead. Say I Am recently put out a split fellow awesome-head Joseph Nicely (aka Lucent) and, quite frankly, it’s a real shame we hadn’t found out about these two at the time of writing our feature.

This week, we at Fecking Bahamas are bringing you a full stream of Say I Am’s latest EP Watchdog ahead of its release. True story: I was listening to this album on the way towards getting groceries for dinner. I got so lost in the delicious guitar licks and chromatic riffs that I completely forgot what groceries I needed to buy. In the end, having forgotten my purpose, I went and bought goddamned pizza, beer and cider. To summarize, Watchdog wipes your brain of all rudimentary and perfunctory thought, and leads you straight towards party-time. You can’t argue with that, my friends. - Fecking Bahamas


Allow me to begin by simply saying that Penguin For The Sake Of Penguin is a technological bookmark. It exhibits the degree of high quality recordings non-commercial stay-at-home musicians are able to produce. I never get bored of thanking both home audio software packages and the internet for bridging the gap between musicians’ artistic endeavours and my ears. Now, musicians like Plini, Sithu Aye, Zef’s Chasing Cara, A.M Overcast, Invalids, and in this case, Lucent and Say I Am, are able to deliver straight to my home, most of the time for free. Technology, I’d like to buy you a beer.

Penguin For The Sake Of Penguin is the collaborative effort of Lucent and Say I Am, two Ohio dudes who spend most of their time playing music and ripping on each other. Songs like ‘Blueberry’ and ‘Axis’ showcase Lucent’s joyous and highly angular guitar melodies and his experimentation with non-diatonic chords, often echoing bands like Town Portal and You Slut!. Many of the tracks are bordered by ambient guitar reverb, which lets the music wander in between the real and the ethereal. Lucent is versatile with his vocals, ranging from the growling sermons of ‘Blueberry’, to the softer and pensive chant of ‘Stomping Leaves’.

Say I Am, perhaps in contrast to Lucent, has a much more sustained and progressive sound, topped with razor sharp hooks, moody vocal harmonies, and the occasional Richard D. James-esque electronic interlude. ‘Lenny’ is the clear stand-out here, laying down a beguiling and uplifting chord progression under xylophones, saxophones and a ton of cool pedal effects.

What Penguin For The Sake Of Penguin exactly means is probably not that important; its an arbitrary term with no concrete connotations. What it is is an umbrella term for a goddamn riff bonanza (for the sake of being a riff bonanza). The split contains over an hour of fist-pumping madness, features vibrant artwork by Yvette Young and is completely free. Come see how far we’ve progressed as a species. - Fecking Bahamas


Discography

Untitled LP - Summer 2016

Bright Lights (EP) - Apr. 2015

Watchdog (EP) - Aug. 2014

Penguin For the Sake of Penguin (Split LP) - Apr. 2014

Shades (EP) - Nov. 2011

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A product of the Great Bedroom Recording Project Boom of 2011, Steven Ostroske, aka Say I Am, writes and produces music at his home studio in Columbus, Ohio.
Steven's music goes everywhere from acoustic, to math rock, and recently to alternative rock a la Moving Mountains, La Dispute, and Brand New.
Say I Am has released three EPs, as well as one split LP with fellow Columbus musician Lucent. Debut LP is set to release "sometime whenever 2016."

Vocal and instrumental versions of tracks are available.

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