floatie, options, spirits having fun
Floatie is a four piece rock band from Chicago, IL. They describe themselves as “frog rock” due to their leaping nature both sonically and physically. After releasing a critically acclaimed debut album over the pandemic, they are setting off for their first tour this June. OPTIONS is the solo project of Chicago based multi-instrumentalist and producer Seth Engel. As Options, Engel writes, records, and mixes each release by himself; a solitary effort that stands in stark contrast to his frequent musical collaborations in the Chicago community. As an engineer, Engel has recorded dozens of Chicago’s most active artists, and was instrumental in recording formative earlyworks for nationally recognized acts like Ratboys, Pinegrove, C.H.E.W., and Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. As a musician, Engel has played the role of guitarist, drummer, vocalist, and contributing songwriter in projects like Coaster, Great Deceivers, Pyramid Scheme, and Lifted Bells (ft. Bob Nanna). These projects have been covered in outlets like Billboard, The AV Club, Consequence of Sound, New Noise Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan, and others. Engel is also the longtime collaborator and primary touring drummer of Chicago artist Nnamdi Ogbonnaya. With all of these acts, Engel has criss-crossed the basement, venue, and festival circuits of the USA and Canada several times over.
Each Options album evolves as Engel simultaneously digests the manifold influences of his collaborative cross-genre endeavors while perfecting an obsessively detail oriented process. He puts these forces to work in an effort to capture a genuine expression of who he is at any given time, fusing an emotional candor with an ever growing musical tool box.
Spirits Having Fun records are ones made from and for shows and spaces—arrangements rooted in a deeply collaborative process that come to life through intuitive and locked-in live improvisation. Following their 2019 debut Auto-Portrait, Two (out now via Born Yesterday Records) finds the New York and Chicago based four-piece continuing to challenge ideas of what a rock band can be, pulling apart their musical experiences and reimagining them as kinetic compositions, equally studied but palpably organic.