Started as a passion project between two friends to create art that could withstand the test of time. Over the years, the band grew frustrated with the distance between themselves and their listeners. The listener being as essential as a tree is to its fruit. The artist equally so to the listener. What are veins if there is no blood to pump? What are beliefs with no thought? If Okey Dokey were to remain just a band, would the fruit still be as sweet? Would the body’s limbs still be equally filled with blood given the wall of separation between the artist and listener? The band decided to remove the separation and become something new. No longer shall there be two, but one. One community with one pulse all trusting in the higher powers harnessed by Okey Dokey. Join today and become part of one of the fastest growing communities in North America.
The term “road warrior” was made for Nordista Freeze. In fact, the Nashville psych-pop artist is such a prolific performer that, as of the beginning of May 2021, he boasted 516 live shows since 2016 — a rate of one every three nights for almost five years. So it’s fitting that on his latest full-length, Big Sky Pipe Dream, Freeze comes as close as he ever has to capturing his live sound on tape — literally.
Big Sky Pipe Dream is a collection of songs Freeze and his band had long kept in rotation on the road, recorded live in the studio and tracked to tape between stints on tour starting in 2018, almost a documentation of life on the road circa 2018-2021. Citing David Bryne’s influential book How Music Works and how music is sculpted to fill the space one resides in, Freeze intentionally crafted the album to “represent the sound of playing in dive bars and DIY venues.”
The new album is also a departure from the sound on Freeze’s previous outing, Cosmic Haus. A sonic love letter to the warmth of 60s pop — and especially 1966’s Beach Boys opus Pet Sounds — Big Sky Pipe Dream finds Freeze shedding some of the “outer space” sounds from Haus that led Nashville Scene to label him the “cosmic Tom Petty.” These are traded in favor of sun-drenched harmonies and perfect pop nuggets of tracks like “First Time,” a song NPR called “an unseasonably pleasant spring Saturday in song form.”