Octave Records debuts Ragtime World by Augustus


Press release | PS Audio’s Octave Records has released Ragtime World by Augustus, offering the band’s distinctive blend of melodic indie, alt-rock, post-rock and other not-quite-categorizable music. Since 2014, Augustus have toured the US and recorded five previous studio albums. Their core two-guitars-bass-drums-vocals sound is spiced with a variety of electric and acoustic guitars and amps – vintage guitar heads will have a lot of fun identifying the various gear, all plain to hear on this high-resolution recording – and additional sounds including lap steel guitar, mandolin and even a Mellotron.
Featuring Colin Kelly (guitars, keyboards, vocals) and Jim Herlihy (guitars, mandolin, Mellotron) with John Demitro (bass, lap steel, percussion) and Forrest Raup (drums and percussion), Ragtime World offers an ear-catching and thoughtful variety of songs, reflecting what the band was feeling during the onslaught of the pandemic, when, like every other band, their touring schedule came to a complete stop.
Ragtime World was recorded at Animal Lane in Lyons, Colorado in pure DSD using the Sonoma recording system. It’s available as a limited-edition release of 1,000 hybrid SACD discs with the master DSD layer and a CD layer. In addition, the album is available as a download bundle including DSD64, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz/24-bit, 96kHz/24-bit and 44.1kHz/16-bit PCM. Ragtime World was produced by Nate Cook and recorded and mixed by Jay Elliott, with Giselle Collazo co-recording and co-mixing and Jessica Carson as executive producer.
The music spans a variety of moods, from the rockers Carry All the Weight, Past Life and Leave the Lights On to the spare, fingerpicked acoustic guitar of the title track and the ethereal Daisies, a song about “wanting to protect your partner and dealing with those anxieties,” as Colin Kelly noted. The instruments and equipment included a 1975 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe, 1997 Fender Stratocaster electric and Guild and Martin acoustic guitars, a Hammond organ, Yamaha DX-7 and Roland JD-XI synthesizers and a Yamaha grand piano, Fender Princeton, Vox AC-15 and Silvertone amps, and more.
Kelly said, “Recording Ragtime World was eye-opening in terms of getting such a high quality of sound in capturing the music. A big part of our sound is working out guitar textures that are distinctive yet complement each other, and that really carried over into the sessions.” 


About Octave Records
Octave Records was founded in 2019 to offer the finest-quality high-resolution recordings and compensate musicians fairly for their work using a business model where all production costs are paid for up front, allowing the musicians to directly share in sales revenues and retain ownership of their music. Chief engineer Gus Skinas has hundreds of recording credits and helped develop the state-of-the-art Sonoma pure-DSD recording system used exclusively by Octave Records.

About PS Audio
Founded in 1973, PS Audio has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in manufacturing innovative, high-value, leading-edge audio products. Located in Boulder, Colorado at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, PS Audio’s staff of talented designers, engineers, production and support people build each product to deliver extraordinary performance and musical satisfaction. The company’s wide range of award-winning products include the all-in-one Sprout100 integrated amplifier, audio components, power regenerators and power conditioners.


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