Misery is the 6th full-length album from Gregory Pappas’ ambient dirge project Okada. While its title may hint at hardship and/or anguish, Misery is not all sturm und drang. There is an underlying hope in the album’s epic yet pertinent 80-minute run-time.
The album, which was originally conceived as a double album, opens with Bury Me: an upbeat track only succumbing to its overwhelming emotional heft at the song’s halfway mark. Pappas has always been adept at displaying his current head-space in his music and Misery displays him in a fairly deep well of melancholy.
Even the drum work, which is most-often syrupy and elastic, has a certain aching quality to them. And the sometimes out-of-tune piano work also fits right in, where otherwise it would not. Simply put, Misery has placed an exclamation point on Okada‘s creative ethos and has given us a remarkable look into Pappas’ translation of such emotions.