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Orchid Mantis // visitations LP / TAPE

Orchid Mantis // visitations LP / TAPE

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Bedroom folk writer Orchid Mantis from Atlanta, USA released this album in October 2021 from Slovakian pop label Z Tapes.

Contains 12 sweet and sour bedroom folk songs. Makes you want to drive with the windows fully open. DL code included.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Start-track.com releases available at Tobira.

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Includes DL code. Available on 12" black vinyl or cassette in norelco case.
2nd cassette edition of 100. 
NOTE: vinyl does not include final track 'high places'

Tracklist:

  1. never knows best 02:46
  2. world without end 04:00                
  3. sleeping all weekend 03:14                
  4. carry that weight 03:50                                                
  5. change your mind 02:24
  6. after you leave 02:20                                                
  7. light rays 03:41                                                                
  8. seven thousand miles 03:53                
  9. ursa major / visitations 03:34                
  10. field of seeds 04:46
  11. soul shapes 04:41
  12. high places 08:09

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Artist statement - 8.20.2021 :

"Visitations was written and recorded over about two months earlier this year during a period of significant personal change. After recording Far From This World - an album fixed on endings, it felt important to create a counterpart to reflect all the new beginnings that followed. always gives and takes. I wanted to try some things on this record I wasn't confident enough to attempt in the past - longer, droning songs and minimal electronic pop. Its title could refer to funeral gatherings, spiritual or divine visitations, the appearance of loved ones in dreams, etc. This album is vaguely about all those things. It's also about distance and time, and how they separate individuals - in proximity and in death, before and after."

Visitations is Orchid Mantis' sixth full length release since 2015, alongside numerous EPs and instrumental projects --a testament to Howard's restless devotion to his craft. At 24, Howard has quietly built a reputation around a unique synthesis of meditative, emotionally direct pop songwriting, surreal instrumental flourishes, and production that sounds worn down by years of sun exposure. The album contains his most optimistic batch of songs to date, but that wasn't the initial goal: "I wanted to make a really quiet, droning record without any" electronics; something slower and moodier "Personal circumstances changed drastically --for the better --and the new compositions took a brighter turn." I was writing and recording incessantly about this one thing, and ended. up with something really focused and hopeful. "

The album was assembled quickly and obsessively without second thoughts, in a fashion Howard hadn't pursued since the rudimentary 4-track cassette experiments of his 2014 debut Hessdalen Light. Although the mist of disfigured synths, drum machines and tape fidelity that defined earlier releases "There's a lot of acoustic guitar, a choice that carried over from my original ideas for the project. I really wanted to make something more organic. That's why the last few tracks, some of the oldest songs included, embrace more live instrumentation --pianos, clarinets, sampled saxophone, etc. "

The middle third features a pair of songs, Change Your Mind and After You Leave, inspired by an ongoing fixation with minimal electronic composers like Rei Harakami, Boards of Canada and Khotin. The lyrics are uncharacteristically referential, reinterpreting literary sources from ancient religion, contemporary "There's a couple clear references I'm hoping people will pick up on. I just really enjoy that sort of intertextuality when I listen to music, having a trail of breadcrumbs to follow." . "."

The final track, High Places, is an outlier in Howard's discography, for its length and for its lyrical focus. It is almost entirely acoustic, shifting and evolving around a repeating guitar motif that grounds his unusually straightforward self-reflection on change, memory and The passing of time. The song ends and then begins again, ends and then begins again, droning on and on. As it fades out, you can hear a chair moving, and Howard's voice: "It's gonna loop again in a sec." Audio from an old VHS tape his friend recorded in high school begins to play.

"I'd still be doing this even if no one ever heard it. I get bored if I go too long without it, and if it wasn't music I'd be making something else. The challenge is the point for me. Adjusting the formula, seeing what happens. Iterating just a few more times. Everything else comes and goes, but I get to keep this one thing."
 

Artist: orchid mantis

Label: Start-track.com

CAT No.: ZT194

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Bedroom folk writer Orchid Mantis from Atlanta, USA released this album in October 2021 from Slovakian pop label Z Tapes.

Contains 12 sweet and sour bedroom folk songs. Makes you want to drive with the windows fully open. DL code included.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Start-track.com releases available at Tobira.

----------------------

Includes DL code. Available on 12" black vinyl or cassette in norelco case.
2nd cassette edition of 100. 
NOTE: vinyl does not include final track 'high places'

Tracklist:

  1. never knows best 02:46
  2. world without end 04:00                
  3. sleeping all weekend 03:14                
  4. carry that weight 03:50                                                
  5. change your mind 02:24
  6. after you leave 02:20                                                
  7. light rays 03:41                                                                
  8. seven thousand miles 03:53                
  9. ursa major / visitations 03:34                
  10. field of seeds 04:46
  11. soul shapes 04:41
  12. high places 08:09

++ 

Artist statement - 8.20.2021 :

"Visitations was written and recorded over about two months earlier this year during a period of significant personal change. After recording Far From This World - an album fixed on endings, it felt important to create a counterpart to reflect all the new beginnings that followed. always gives and takes. I wanted to try some things on this record I wasn't confident enough to attempt in the past - longer, droning songs and minimal electronic pop. Its title could refer to funeral gatherings, spiritual or divine visitations, the appearance of loved ones in dreams, etc. This album is vaguely about all those things. It's also about distance and time, and how they separate individuals - in proximity and in death, before and after."

Visitations is Orchid Mantis' sixth full length release since 2015, alongside numerous EPs and instrumental projects --a testament to Howard's restless devotion to his craft. At 24, Howard has quietly built a reputation around a unique synthesis of meditative, emotionally direct pop songwriting, surreal instrumental flourishes, and production that sounds worn down by years of sun exposure. The album contains his most optimistic batch of songs to date, but that wasn't the initial goal: "I wanted to make a really quiet, droning record without any" electronics; something slower and moodier "Personal circumstances changed drastically --for the better --and the new compositions took a brighter turn." I was writing and recording incessantly about this one thing, and ended. up with something really focused and hopeful. "

The album was assembled quickly and obsessively without second thoughts, in a fashion Howard hadn't pursued since the rudimentary 4-track cassette experiments of his 2014 debut Hessdalen Light. Although the mist of disfigured synths, drum machines and tape fidelity that defined earlier releases "There's a lot of acoustic guitar, a choice that carried over from my original ideas for the project. I really wanted to make something more organic. That's why the last few tracks, some of the oldest songs included, embrace more live instrumentation --pianos, clarinets, sampled saxophone, etc. "

The middle third features a pair of songs, Change Your Mind and After You Leave, inspired by an ongoing fixation with minimal electronic composers like Rei Harakami, Boards of Canada and Khotin. The lyrics are uncharacteristically referential, reinterpreting literary sources from ancient religion, contemporary "There's a couple clear references I'm hoping people will pick up on. I just really enjoy that sort of intertextuality when I listen to music, having a trail of breadcrumbs to follow." . "."

The final track, High Places, is an outlier in Howard's discography, for its length and for its lyrical focus. It is almost entirely acoustic, shifting and evolving around a repeating guitar motif that grounds his unusually straightforward self-reflection on change, memory and The passing of time. The song ends and then begins again, ends and then begins again, droning on and on. As it fades out, you can hear a chair moving, and Howard's voice: "It's gonna loop again in a sec." Audio from an old VHS tape his friend recorded in high school begins to play.

"I'd still be doing this even if no one ever heard it. I get bored if I go too long without it, and if it wasn't music I'd be making something else. The challenge is the point for me. Adjusting the formula, seeing what happens. Iterating just a few more times. Everything else comes and goes, but I get to keep this one thing."
 

Artist: orchid mantis

Label: Start-track.com

CAT No.: ZT194