To that end, I've decided to opt for something a little more mellow.
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October Project (of the Mary Fahl era) was together for three years and put out two CDs. From what I understand, October Project (minus Fahl) have put out a new one, but I haven't heard anything off of it. October Project is one of those blink-and-you-missed it bands. Occassionally, you'll hear one of their tracks on late-night FM radio while you're driving from Point A to Point B. You'll pull the car over and stare transfixed at the radio and wonder, "Who the hell is that?" You'll remain in that position until the last notes fade away.
This, by the way, was exactly how I heard 'Funeral in His Heart' off Falling Farther In. People who've been downloading the tunes that I've been putting up with Water Hold Me Down will also recognize the song, since I used it Chapter 27 when Xander begins to twig to the fact that he's actually in an alternate reality instead of hallucinating his situation.
The band's complicated melodies, somewhat celtic sound, Mary Fahl's voice, and lyrics of heartbreak reminds me quite a bit of the better Clannad CDs. If you like Clannad, finding both October Project CDs when Mary Fahl was the lead singer is most definitely worth finding for you. If you're iff-y on Clannad, I suggest downloading the tunes to get a feel for them before buying (although in your case, go for the used bin instead of buying new).
Either way, it's very much worth owning both CDs listed below if you're looking for mellow music that can reach soaring heights and bring a small tear to your eye when you're just in the right mood.
October Project Rating=$$$$
How I Got This CD: Bought used for $2.00. Whoop! I rock!
This self-titled album is the first release. Frankly, I'm shocked that I haven't seen any of these songs on fanmixes for angsty relationships (no, that's not a criticism). Without a doubt, I can see a place for 'Paths of Desire' on any fanmix about Buffy/Angel. Oh, hell. Let me put it on the table: I like Sarah McLachlan, don't get me wrong. This CD, on the other hand, is a hell of a lot better fit for the first three seasons of BtVS than ol' Sarah could ever be.
The first selection, 'Bury My Lovely,' is one of those songs that occassionally show up on late-nite FM stations at the lower end of the radio dial. You might not think you know it, but trust me. Three bars into it, you'll be saying to yourself, "Ooooh, yeah! I remember this one."
'Ariel' is another one I've heard floating around the low end of the FM dial, although not nearly as often as 'Bury My Lovely.' Mary Fahl's voice is in fine form on this one and it positively soars in this song. 'Wall of Silence' is the song that actually cemented the band's similarity to Clannad because it is a very Clannad-like song that wouldn't be out of place on Macalla. Finally, 'Paths of Desire.' Even if you're not a Buffy/Angel shipper, download this one. It's a rather lovely song.
Sample Songs Download: Bury My Lovely, Ariel, Wall of Silence, Paths of Desire
Falling Farther In Rating=$$$$
How I Got This CD: Bought this used for $2.50. I still rule!
The second CD shows October Project moving away from the Clannad sound-alike competition. I think this lush CD shows the direction in which the band was heading. However, before the band had a chance to "find itself," Sony dropped October Project from its roster and the band broke up shortly thereafter. A shame. I think this CD showed a lot of promise for the band's future direction. Mary Fahl's extraordinary voice is still front and center, but the harmonies blend a little better with her voice. Also, the lyrics are slightly more hopeful and a little less heart-broken than on its previous effort. The CD is rife with mystical and religious imagery as it tells the story about falling in love, love that fades away, and the final loss.
'Deep as You Go' is a lovely song and the first track on the CD. It tells you right off that this CD is much more lively and theatrical than their previous offering. It opens the music and the vision of the CD right away, showing a broad horizon of possibilities. It soars and swoops in interesting ways as it shows hope and hints at the heartbreak that comes progressively closer as the CD progresses through its tracks.
There's something about 'Johnny' that I just positively adore. I can't put my finger on it. This song sounds like it should be in a musical (and that's a good thing) because there's such a strong narrative that lifts this song right on up. All I know is that if I remembered this song instead of letting myself get blinded by the perfect fit I had for 'Funeral in His Heart,' I would have included this in the Water Hold Me Down soundtrack (in fact, I still just might do it). If anything, this is AlternaXander to a 'T.'
Naturally, I had to include 'Funeral in His Heart' as one of the songs worth downloading. It still remains my favorite of theirs and I love spreading it around.
'Dark Time,' I think really shows a nice direction of the band. Fahl's voice is front and center (of course), but the harmonies truly soar here. The repeated 'Alelleluia' in the chorus really makes this one.
I know. There are five tracks here. But it was hard whittling down to just these four.
Sample Songs Download: Deep As You Go, Johnny, Funeral in His Heart, After the Fall, Dark Time
You can get all the songs from the same URL if you click right here.
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None = Avoid at all cost. Worth cutting your ears off to avoid if someone threatens to play it for you. When faced with even the threat of its cellophane-wrapped presence, your best option is to RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!
$= If you stumble across it for cheap in a used bin, it might, maybe, perhaps could be worth the buy, but only if you need a cheap coaster for your cold drinks or a cool-looking frisbee.
$$= You might want to give this CD/artist a try, but only if the sample track tickles your fancy. Don't bother buying this one new because the good tunes you'd get out of this one ain't worth that kind of money.
$$$ = Worth looking for on a casual basis and maybe even buying new, but no big rush.
$$$$ = Definitely worth having in the ol' CD collection and definitely worth buying new, but don't re-arrange your personal "must have" list to get your hands on it.
$$$$$ = Why haven't you bought this CD yet? Go. This is a "Want. Take. Have." situation because you so want this.