Released by Morr Music
Distributed by Morr Music Distribution GmbH
morr 111 - CD/Digital/LP/LP (color)

Release Dates
Worldwide: Apr 13, 2012
US: Apr 24, 2012


Vinyl edition includes a free download of the album + digital bonus tracks! You can choose from colored (clear) vinyl and black vinyl! The clear vinyl edition is limited to 300 copies worldwide! The courtship of ambient music and traditional songform has been a long and tenuous one, almost to the point that their differences seem irreconcilable. read more...

Quotes

"...so könnte es klingen, wenn David Sylvian und Mark Hollis gemeinsam in den Urlaub fahren."

Rolling Stone

"...Meluch and Irisarri have crafted a genuine, coherent album that conjures immense shadows and immense depths worthy of its namesake."

Pitchfork

Aloof, abstract and elegant, it melds ambient expanse with pop form to idyllic, if unassuming effect. A modestly grand beginning.

Clash Mag U.K.

"...the pair has created a special kind of sublime, piano-laced ambient pop that turns out to be abstract, profound and mythical in perfection. Haunting and beautiful. Why do you have to be like that so much?" 9.9/10

Lodown Magazine

"Tout en suspension, cette magnifique échappée s'avère, au fil des écoutes, aussi subtile et émotionnelle qu'addictive."

Magic Mag

"Avec pas grand chose, Benoît Pioulard et Rafael Anton Irisarri baptisent un album à la délicatesse abyssale."

Autres Directions

"Hushed confessional approach where vocals and lyrics are there but almost glide along amid the quiet music, notes and sighs and backing textures rising and falling in gentle interplay"

All Music Guide (3.5/5)

“Orcas“ ist eine Platte wie ein Ölgemälde: Abstrakt und naturverbunden, schwer und trotzdem leicht, voller vorder- und hintergründiger Rätsel - und tief verwurzelt in einer mythisch-psychedelischen Variation von getriebenem Kunstverständnis. (8/10)

The Gap / Austria

"Their upcoming self-titled album is a beauty, full of ambient space as well as structural mastery."

Redefine Mag

Glacially paced, delicate orchestral pop of hushed splendor.

Dave Segal, The Stranger, Seattle, WA

Haunting and beautiful.

Raquel Nasser, Portland Mercury

Tender and pensive... hopeful and warm... Orcas nestle into the hearts and stay for the winter...

Staff, Headphone Commute



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Orcas. Orcas

Morr Music - morr 111

Vinyl edition includes a free download of the album + digital bonus tracks! You can choose from colored (clear) vinyl and black vinyl! The clear vinyl edition is limited to 300 copies worldwide!

The courtship of ambient music and traditional songform has been a long and tenuous one, almost to the point that their differences seem irreconcilable. Spanning decades with only a few points of obscure intersections, the occasions on which the two styles have met and crossed into the pop culture lexicon have often yielded a contrary, oil-and-water form. The abstract nature of the “ambient” genre and instant gratification of the “pop” song require deft hands for successful cohabitation, thus it’s little wonder that there are so few practitioners of its delicate equilibrium.
Orcas – comprised of haze-pop auteur Benoît Pioulard and post-minimalist composer Rafael Anton Irisarri – is an imaginative return to that narrative. Theirs is a style deeply rooted in personal variations on songform and ambient craft, and as a duo they bridge the furthest outlying aspects of their previous solo work published on Kranky, Touch, Miasmah, Room40, and Ghostly International. Here song and abstraction become one entity, condensing the spaces between to generate an arching trajectory. This co-mingling of contrasts is even coded into their moniker; Pioulard and Irisarri have chosen an iconic symbol of the American Pacific Northwest, a methodical sea hunter that is also a totem of the open oceans' expanse. The so-called “wolf of the seas” that evokes a quiet, stately, yet powerful nature.
Appropriately, their music is a careful balance of chiaroscuro elements, where pop hook and spatial ambience converge. In its environs, lyricism flows as a time-distended dynamic, rising and falling, proceeding almost antithetically to pop's typical gratification ethos.
Orcas has taken an immersive, fluid vector for their passions; a resonant call like sonar from the depths.

Cat.no.: morr 111
Format: CD/Digital/Promo/LP/LP (color)

Tracklisting

1
1. Pallor Cedes
2. Arrow Drawn
3. Standard Error
4. Carrion
5. A Subtle Escape
6. Until Then
7. Certain Abstractions
8. I Saw My Echo
9. High Fences

Release Dates:
Apr 13, 2012 (Worldwide)
Apr 24, 2012 (US)