Today, indie pop band-turned-community Okey Dokey shared the newest single from their upcoming album Once Upon One Time – out on October 23 via Park the Van (Dr. Dog, BRONCHO, Cayucas). Co-produced/mixed by My Morning Jacket’ Carl Broemel, buoyant single “It’s Just You” follows the first video for “The Right Fit” from the album — which features additional behind-the-boards work on the record from Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, Darkside’s Dave Harrington, The Shins’ Yuuki Matthews and Filip Nikolic (founding member of Poolside). Focused on building a community around the project, Okey Dokey allowed outsiders to send in audio featured throughout, as well as recruiting members to their newly formed community – watch a testimonial from famed professional skateboarder Tony Hawk here.
Taking real experiences that have been rewritten in the name of a fresh start, Once Upon One Time combines new and old sounds to explore anxiety, sobriety, breakups and self-love. As Martin explains: “There you have it, that’s me. Every person who hears this record has their own story, which is why this one is left without a call for feedback. I hope people can get some insight into me so that I may hear their experiences in return and we might start our own oral traditions together.” It’s that sense of community which makes the album such a memorable and deeply felt listening experience – music that sounds unbelievably human even when exploring far-out sounds, with an emotive streak that’s easily relatable.
Okey Dokey dates back to 2016, when Johny Fisher – who’d previously been in a carousel of bands with Martin – grew tired of work as a hired-gun touring musician and asked Martin to start a band with him. Since then, they’ve released two albums – 2017’s Love You, Mean It and last year’s Tell All Your Friend – and added a third member, Jeremy Clark for Once Upon One Time, continuing to span swelling rock and orchestral pop to squishy funk & beyond.