Orchestra Of Spheres hail from New Zealand and make a kind of funk-pop-rock-afro sound not too far removed from pioneers of such sounds Talking Heads. Mirror is their fourth album for Fire Records and sees them expanding on their sound with orchestral elements and tape experiments. They are pretty way out, and it seems that they are moving further in that direction too. Alexander Tucker of Grumbling Fur and Robert Scott of legendary NZ bands The Bats and The Clean are among their celebrity fans. LP and CD on Fire Records.
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Who wants to drone? New Zealands Orckestra of Spheres know how to put on a good drone when they want to. The opening title track taps into the drones forged on Velvet Underground's Black Angel Death Song and never lets go introducing some seriously zonked out vocals and a wild violin solo. The band are almost the perfect thing to satisfy those who maybe think Goat have gone to soft or Acid Mothers Temple are too much like hard work. Their intense repeatathons are often bonkers and they zonk wildly between rhythms and tempos taking in new wave, world music and psych rock along the way. So if 'Ata' is a series of oddball chants lurching into something that sounds like the B52s if they'd only heard 'Remain in Light' then 'Chimes' is almost exactly the other way round - beginning with African guitar stylings it introduces wordless humming and chanting.
Orkestra of Spheres sort of taps into that everything goes approach we expect from our psych rock these days. It's shamanistic, musically versatile and more importantly for people like me quite approachable. Goat with bells on basically (literally?)
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