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Sir Orfeo


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It shouldn’t be easy to adorn wintry folksongs with gushing, futuristic synthesizers from your aunt’s New Age CD collection, but the unifying fascination with inner space, the yearning for tranquility, suggests that perhaps these two estranged halves can yet be bridged.
"Wild Raspberries" is Sir Orfeo's debut release. Its songs are both gentle and arresting (you’re under a rest!) and melds disparate influences, coming in for a landing in the strange borderlands of art-pop and avant-folk. Though lushness is the word, in these recordings is also apparent a sense of alchemy and disruption, cinema and remembrance. Listen for sampling keyboards, drum machines, and guitars that sound like birds.
Sir Orfeo is the solo project of Max Wareham, who learned his trade serving as contributing songwriter to studio-collective Cousin Moon, road-dogging as bassist in psych-pop outfit Sun Parade, studying jazz in the conservatory, digging holes on a horse farm, rambling, and touring as opener and personal driver for British folk legend Martin Carthy. (He lives an alternate life as a bluegrass banjo player and performs with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.)


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