Sometimes playful, sometimes poignant, October Ember is comprised of Jennifer Dutiel & Kevin Holland, a multi-instrumentalist couple with a penchant for the quirky & the beautiful. A cross-pollination of folk, indie lounge, Euro cafe, art pop, & punk cabaret, their exploration of odd time signatures, neo-minimalist pulses, ethereal timbres, & vast dynamic spectra transmutes ontology into sound. With the wisps of softened reeds, dreamy guitars, & intricate percussion, they paint an aural tapestry for the film of existence. They are often joined by the madly talented & delightful Troy Kunkler on drums & vibraphone.
With heartfelt & timeless ballads like “The End”, “The Thickets & the Fire”, & “My Devil’s the Storm”, love, loss, & redemption permeate the OE oeuvre. Their songs range in topic from kindness, humanism, mortality, & love to spaceships, devils, light waves, & hallucinations. A spark forged in the flames of Cohen & Cummings, their lyricism delves into the abyss of human frailty, but surfaces to meet the light ashore.
Natural genre-hoppers, OE are equally adept at writing love songs as they are fringe fare. From the sci-fi homage space opera “Pale Blue Dot”, to the ballad of an ill-fated prostitute in the Deadwood-themed “The Gem”, to the psychedelic exploration spawned in “Spore”, the band is never limited to one style.
October Ember formed & launched their first self-titled EP in 2017. They have been a staple in their local music scene of Columbus, OH - playing venues, restaurants, bars, house concerts, & outdoor festivals. They were featured on the Emmy-award winning television show Broad & High in 2020. Their fan base grew globally via streaming services with the release of a double-EP in 2020. The next two years saw the release of 11 new singles along with companion videos.
In the Fall of 2021, OE began a dedicated live-streaming schedule of three times per week on Twitch, sometimes broadcasting for up to 11 hours straight. They have built a worldwide following, & regularly play their own originals, covers, improvisations, soundscapes, read poetry, & discuss art, music, philosophy, & existential matters with their incredible online community.
They recently opened Café Cashew, a picnic table in their front yard serving the hippest squirrel & bird wildlife in their local scene.