Orange and Mountains are a music collective from Germany. Formed and led by Edoardo De Din and Lorenzo Pesci, Orange and Mountains have released two single tracks as well as two full length releases since 2018. Their brand new release, Drawers, offers a hybrid of Electronica, Modern Classical, and Cinematic themed music that is nothing short of astonishing. Due out for worldwide release through Rhodium Publishing on Friday, April 16, 2021, Drawers showcases the collective talents of Edoardo and Lorzeno on a new level. While building upon the foundation set on their previous releases – all of which have stellar musicianship and songwriting in their own right – they add new elements of excitement and explore new tonal territories within their arrangements. What’s interesting about this release is that while there are 10 different tracks, there are 5 main compositions, each of which is followed by a separate counterpart track labeled as a “Diurnal” reworking. According to Orange and Mountains, “The idea of “Drawers" stems from our long conversations about both our dreams and our fascination over the process of remembering them, which is as real as it is volatile. These songs represent our efforts to render five dreams into music, as well as the feeling of trying to recall them. This makes for a very unique concept which I’ve rarely seen implemented to its fullest extent on any other album I’ve heard by any other recording artist so far. Opening number “Gloomy Lights” starts with an acoustic guitar and emotionally charged violin arrangement (performed by Barbara Toth). It builds up with some percussive keyboard bursts. Percussive electronic beats, and saw wave synth swelling reminiscent of 80’s and 90’s recording artists such as Tangerine Dream and Enigma. Follow up piece “Gloomy Lights - Diurnal” contains some of the musical themes of its predecessor while taking on a Krautrock aesthetic; less formulaic, more Ambient, and a heavier use of arpeggiated synths that make up the majority of the mid-section of the work. Follow up track, “Dew”, is more melancholy and contemplative in its ambiance. “Dew – Diurnal” is a magnificent counterpart, which starts off gloomy and yet builds up with a cinematic mid-section that brought to mind movies like Inception. “Affine Geometry” is more energetic, uplifting, and motivational while offering a more complex variety in its compositional structure. At times, the arrangement is set in 5/8 which adds some intriguing twists and turns. Yet, it’s all done tastefully without coming across as too “Prog” themed or too pretentious. Its percussive nature, clean yet energetic electric guitar passages, and string bursts convey a climactic nature. “Affine Geometry – Diurnal” is more spacy and Post-Rock driven, forsaking the climactic, suspenseful moments for a more serene framework to bring forth an observational perspective. “Absorbed in a Point” has a more distinctly Electronica feel to it with a hint of a World Fusion overtone set throughout. I perceive the themes and arrangements offering an exciting journey into exploring the depths of one’s life, be it through exploring nature, exploring new scenery, or exploring new aspects of self-discovery and determination. It’s counterpart “Absorbed in a Point – Diurnal” is more dark, introspective, and gloomy, reminiscent at times of 90’s Post Rock groups like Bark Psychosis, except without the vocals and the bottom-heavy percussion. “Rivali” takes on a more New Age approach, toning down the harsher, darker Electronic themes, and adding an exotic, World Fusion flavor likened to some elements of African and East Asian music. At times, I can recall film soundtracks or even video game interludes with its arrangement and use of marimbas, cooler, square wave based synths, and percussion that contains a softer, richer timbre without being buried under distortion or compression that’s too heavy. Its counterpart “Rivali – Diurnal”, ends the album on a solemn note, conveying a dream-like sequence; only synths and chorus laden guitars comprise the sound and arrangement while offering a somber, ending credits feel. On a whole, the newest release by Orange and Mountains, Drawers, is a marvelous work of sound art. I highly recommend checking it out and embellishing yourself into all that this tremendously talented music collective has to offer.
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