Orchestra Of Cardboard are back with a second EP on Blang and are one of Dan Edelstyn's projects. This is meant to be a fusion of art film and radical politics or some rather bucolic indie folk if you prefer. Well, what would you expect from the man behind the film How To Re-establish A Vodka Empire?
The lead track, The Shetlands, is all about wanting to move out of the big city and go and live in Shetland so they can hang out with all the sheep and lead a quieter, more peaceful life. This is played out over some wistful and carefully layered string-led indie folk with a very cool bass drum sound running through it. Will it make this big city boy go running for the middle of nowhere? It's unlikely, to be honest.
Portraits & Rain are probably the two biggest activities Dan and his friend will have on Shetland. Yes, painting portraits while staying inside to keep out of the rain. It's bucolic and gently laid back with some nice woodwind to help you yearn for the great wind-lashed, rain-spattered outdoors.
I Lit A Fire is quite jaunty as they look at the fire which has been lit to make them want to move to Shetland in the first place rather than a fire to keep warm round. For me, this is all about the bass drum and how it interacts with the woodwind as they seek to gain control of the dreams they have for each other. With lots of interesting sounds also thickening the plot, this is a pretty cool song.
Stormchaser, meanwhile, whips up the musical storm to make you feel you're in the eye of the storm swirling through Shetland making them wish they were living somewhere more forgiving like a big city. Well, that and a great bit of music. Again it's that woodwind which really makes the song work for me as a song I'm happy to hear repeatedly.
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