Watch List: Groove With Indie-Experimental Band Oketo
Introducing Oketo -- an experimental indie rock band from Nebraska. Their website says of their sound best, "It is controlled chaos, refined through years of perseverance. Though the members of Oketo are often considered young, the maturity and emotion presented in their music suggests otherwise."
This is a perfect description for their debut and sophomore records. The band lists their influences as Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, tUne-yArDs and Tame Impala. The influence can be easily felt in their two records--with a wide array of instrumentation and a groove vibe--while at the same time their sound remains fresh.
Oketo's self-titled first EP (2014) stands at 15 minutes long with only 3 tracks. The first song, "Like a Child," is the biggest standout track, garnering over 650,000 plays on Spotify. Lead singer Steven DeLair's vocals are lulling at times, abrasive at others, but strong and gorgeous throughout. The other two tracks are fantastic as well: the second track features a nearly 3 minute long instrumental intro before DeLair comes in. The last track, "Wooden Eyes" channels a Modern Baseball influence with a sinuous melody and impassioned vocals. Oketo is a stunning debut.
Their second EP, I Am Here You Are Now (2016), is a 22 minute record with 6 songs. Their sound remains consistent: strong vocals, instrumentation, and song writing. "Vogene" is one of the best tracks, with mostly stripped down instrumentation and vocals--yet the song still remains as emotionally charged and affecting as any.
Check I Am Here You Are Now out below and keep an eye out for these up-and-comers.