The daft giraffe of the forest
Otis, Vertical tales
A brand new release by Økapi (aka Filippo E. Paolini) is out. OTIS – Vertical Tales is its title. An album. Not only that: a musical work illustrated by the artist himself with a selection of visual works especially created for it. Four years after the tribute to Olivier Messiaen, Økapi takes its cue from the story of Otis Elisha Graves, the inventor of the lift, who in the mid-nineteenth century took to the stage at World’s Fair in New York to demonstrate his elevator safety brake. It is the way for the vertical push of the horizons, for the opening to a new narrative imagination that Økapi explores with his sound samples palette (and of images, this time). The compositional processes often are parallel. Sound is born. It turns into an image. And then turns intro sound again. Tracks take their title from the floor where they ideally stop, from ground floor to 15th floor.