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My roommate Ben summed up The Occasion's self-titled debut album quite brilliantly, and quite drunkenly, with one word: majestic. This was said shortly after taking his third shot of Jim Beam, meaning it was uttered in that low, throaty voice one adopts after taking a hot slug of bourbon. Mistaking his rambling for the word pathetic, I became irrate, yelled "pathetic?" and shoved him off his barstool. On his way to the floor, he informed me, and the rest of the bar, quite loudly, that no, he had said "majestic". Looking down at him from my superior position I smiled and said, "Yes, that's good. It is majestic. Indeed."

Layered sounds, haunting lyrics, warm textures, and non-linear song writing combine to evoke a feeling and mood that is indescribable. Three of the five members trade off on vocals and each singer's songs have their own distinct characteristic. Electric pianist Brent Cordero's voice has a romantic, handsome quality to it, as do his songs. There is a sort of throbbing, pulsing quality to all the songs on the album, sometimes being very quiet, other times rocking noisily.

Much like the picture on the album cover, The Occasion's music is sparse, lonely, warm, and yes, majestic. It's also one of the best albums I've heard all year. Indeed.

Bradley Whittle

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