Nashville kitchen sink indie pop band-turned-cult Okey Dokey just released a trippy video for “The Right Fit”, the first single from their newly announced album Once Upon One Time – out on October 23 via Park the Van (Dr. Dog, BRONCHO, Cayucas). Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear co-produced & mixed the track, with additional behind-the-boards work on the record from Darkside’s Dave Harrington, My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel, Filip Nikolic (founding member of Poolside) and The Shins’ Yuuki Matthews. 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.
Over woozy synths and a charging beat, “The Right Fit” tackles the theme of finding the path to peace. As vocalist Aaron Martin explains, “There is always something negative chasing you. Life is a series of ups and downs and I think it’s easier to appreciate if you put a name to the lows sometimes. I feel like if you are open to everything the world has to offer, but keep your eye on positive signs, the Bad News will have a harder time catching up to you. The right fit has no true form, it’s just out there somewhere.”
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.