Human Ottoman is a cello, vibraphone, drum-set power trio!
Like nothing you have heard before!
Human Ottoman is Susan Lucia (drums), Matthew Cartmill (cello), and Grayson Fiske (vibraphone). After meeting in Oregon as music school misfits, they joined forces, quickly creating a repertoire of raucous, rhythmically dynamic music which combined their enthusiasm for music of all cultures with classical backgrounds and modern genre-mashing-jazz sensibilities, characterized most of all by their unique instrumentation.
Their first album, aptly named "Power Baby", was independently released in 2014, and received an Independent Music Award in the "Instrumental" category. Their second full length record, Farang, was released in August, 2015. Since then, they have been actively ear-pillaging throughout the west coast. From brain-crashing cello solos and atomic vibraphone drops to drum solos that scholars are still struggling to understand, Human Ottoman is bringing polyrhythmic world-metal to the masses.
Sonic Masala blog
"There is a natural flow in their songs, which just come to life. They are breathing, living pieces of art that demand to be listened to."
Pineapple Patel- Farang Review
"We’re glad to encounter a new band pushing boundaries without being too esoteric; this is a sound that could catch on, and we hope it does."
A Closer Listen-Power Baby Review
Featured by Oregon's 1859 Magazine as one of the top emerging Oregon bands, read the story here
"Human Ottoman proudly blends metal cello, world rhythm, funk and rock into a sound that you’ve definitely never laid ears on."
Eugene Weekly Review
"It’s adventurous stuff, and adventure is good. On its new album, “Power Baby,” Human Ottoman shifts from conventionally tuneful to chaotically heavy and back again, over and over."
Bend Bulletin Review
"Mallet instruments get a lot of stick (haha) so it's terrific to hear something genuinely fresh and original being done with them." Doklands