Before this release, Orior only existed in the form of a 1979 7” named Elevation, whose aesthetic appears to have made a huge impact on the Demdike Stare boys a few decades later. Thanks to their keen efforts, they’ve managed to find a whole double LP’s worth of material from the long-forgotten project, never before released! Wow! On DDS.
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- Strange Beauty by Orior
8/10 Ant Staff review, 07 April 2016
Thanks to the detective work of Demdike Stare, the slowly decaying tapes for Orior’s ‘Strange Beauty’ have been exhumed from an attic somewhere in South East England. The tapes have been lovingly baked, transferred and now made their way onto vinyl on the duo’s DDS label.
The only previous Orior recording to be released was a 7” way back in 1979 which faded into relative obscurity. Now I can confirm that comparisons to Coil, Dome, Leyland Kirby, Jon Hassell & Brian Eno, Vangelis and Angelo Badalamenti are all justified.
As an album there are some real juxtapositions; it manages to sound both of it’s era and yet somehow totally otherworldly. Primitive in some aspects and yet deeply sophisticated. Engineer Andy Poppelwell described the tapes as containing “pure gold”. I’m not gonna argue as there’s some real class stuff on here.
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