Adrian Otterman | Floating in the Whale

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Floating in the Whale

by Adrian Otterman

Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Green Mountain Skies
4:34 $0.99
2. Floating in the Whale
5:11 $0.99
3. Promise Not to Cry
3:43 $0.99
4. Drive
4:13 $0.99
5. Last Dance
5:09 $0.99
6. The Traveler
5:16 $0.99
7. I Breathe
4:16 $0.99
8. Hear My Words
5:04 $0.99
9. One Step Back
3:25 $0.99
10. Onward Christian Soldiers
7:12 $0.99
11. Promise
3:51 $0.99
12. Deny Me
9:24 $0.99
13. She's All I Know
4:24 $0.99
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See Also: "Over Orange Heights", for new releases.

"In an age of digital overcompression and earpiece headphones, Otterman and his band, Over Orange Heights, create music for big speakers, speakers with woofers that can handle a full-bodied bass-drums rumble, tweeters that can handle a razor-sharp high end, and a midrange cone that can handle Otterman's soaring baritone voice. " - Asenio Orteza, World Magazine.

"dark"...."foreboding"...disillusionment"..."Allentown".... "wanderlust".... "Pink-Floyd'ish"...
- Bob Robinson, Chestnut Bay Studios.

"A new CD by singer-songwriter Adrian Otterman, "Floating in the Whale," shows how creative and sophisticated homegrown music has become. Otterman, whose day job is as an attorney in Barre, has produced a record that highlights his exceptional singing ability and his vision of the aural landscape he has set his songs in. Otterman produced and recorded this album at a home studio in Orange [Vermont]. His credits on the CD include writing and singing all the songs, playing many instruments, and mixing the recording. In all, this is a very fine sounding album, showing how well a musician with a vision can go in realizing the sound he hears in his head.

The vision Otterman appears to have is of dark songs, with titles such as "Green Mountain Skies," "Promise Not to Cry," "Drive," "I Breathe" and the title song, "Floating in the Whale." He uses digital technology to place the lead guitars, played by Daniel Before and Andy O'Connor, in deep reverberation mode as if played from some deep cave hidden in the hills. The lead guitars also seem set to the highest sustain levels attainable. Think Carlos Santana as an example. Both guitarists deliver excellent performances with an aching sensibility to the messages the singer delivers. Not a note seems misplaced or hurried. The bass guitar lines, performed by Before, Bill Richardson and Josh Hayford, also seem to be dug deep into the mix.

The music, while based in the rock idiom, has a musical theater feel to it. Otterman's music and delivery reminds me of show tunes, perhaps something approaching "Sweeny Todd" or other intense music. Even "Marat de Sade" comes to mind. I could almost imagine the Barre Opera House as a venue for "Floating in the Whale," as a show....Throughout the generous 65-minute album there is an intensity of delivery that holds the listener's ear while encasing the surroundings in a cloak of foreboding and drama that makes this an album not easily digested.

High praise goes to Otterman for his singing. Many singer-songwriters are often better guitarists than they are vocalists. This is not the case here. His guitar playing is basic but Otterman has unquestioningly the best voice I've heard from a Vermont singer in a long time. His pitch is spot-on, but his vocal abilities show training that places his singing far beyond most in this musical genre. His is a voice that expresses a surety of purpose and confidence in its abilities. His melodies are also strong...

Otterman is not a newcomer to recording. In the late 1990s he was part of a band in Southern California. He's also recorded locally with Fynyte. This latest effort should bring him considerable attention."

- ART EDELSTEIN Arts Correspondent, The Times Argus - Published: April 17, 2009



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