Orchal and Vir

by Orchal and Vir

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"Sunkissed, slightly sunstroked sounds from Gainesville, Florida, a debut for the duo of Tristan Whitehill and Kane Pour and only the second release for new label Elestial Sound. An all-or-nothing synth duo who don´t let up on ideas or entertainment value, jamming all kinds of fun into a mere twenty-seven minutes.

Delivered with a great big smile but neither ironic nor just for laffs. I suppose you could cross-archive this EP with the reborn enthusiasm for a sort-of remembered, laidback eighties sound, analogue nostalgia and even a smidgen of rehabilitated New Age, but from minute to minute, sheer enthusiasm defies easy categorization as yet another, unexpected left turn is hung into hip-hop or baroque pop.

Orchal & Vir lob great big nerf balls of fat, round synthesizer notes at the listener, from the opening ”Flash Fabric” to ”Hotlantis” less than half an hour later. Hummable and toe-tappable and even though they obviously are no one single genre´s captive, there is a cohesiveness to the music that provides a steady frame for the listener. It´s like pink plastic lawn flamingoes and fruity drinks with paper parasols started a band on a coral reef and invited all the tropical fish to come listen."

review by Stephen Fruitman on sonomu.net


released 09 September 2011



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