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Othersong

by Longing for Orpheus

A combination of New Age ambiance and Chillout grooves, with Worldbeat elements. Equally suited for active listening or as a background to your daily routine.
Genre: New Age: Progressive Electronic
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2. NeverTale
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3. AetherSpark
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4. EmberSpeed
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5. EverSoul
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6. MirrorSeam
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8. ForestWake
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10. UmbraStory
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
OtherSong is a collection of chilled, downtempo tracks from the past three years. Music critics noted that Longing for Orpheus' debut album, Skye, contained a wide range of styles within its overarching genre - OtherSong continues this trend, featuring tracks that represent Balearic Beat (EverSoul), Ambient (EmberSpeed), New Age (CloverLight), and Progressive Electronic (ForestWake) subgenres. The array of grooves, folk instruments, and layered synthesis contribute to an album designed to fully engage the curiosity of listeners who loves to explore new combinations of sounds, without distracting those looking for a soundtrack to their daily lives.

Complete liner notes are available at the Longing for Orpheus home page.


About Longing for Orpheus:

Longing for Orpheus is a downtempo electronica project created by Derek Smootz in 2003. Drawing on influences such as Vangelis, Enigma, and Enya, the project's sound is rooted in synthesis, but also includes instruments, voices, and musical ideas from diverse cultures. The music's tone is generally subdued and relaxing, but its mood ranges from melancholic to euphoric.

"Longing for Orpheus' obvious passion and sincerity can't be overlooked"
-Bill Binkelman, New Age Reporter/Wind and Wire

Derek Smootz is a classically trained pianist and vocalist, and a self-taught synthesist and audio engineer. He is also involved in side projects Artificial Emotion (dance-oriented) and Ice Queen Alias (synthpop), performs with various choirs and theaters in the Austin area, and maintains the "After Enigma" online guide to Nu Ambient music.


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STYLE
Relaxing new age and chilled melodic instrumentals. OtherSong has a lush serenity about it that increasingly absorbs the listener as the album unfolds - laid back beats combining programmed grooves and acoustic enhancements propelling dreamy melodies. The mellow themes are primarily of well selected synthetic sound, multi-layered lines buoyed upon smooth pads with additional multi-national samples sensitively entwined. Pianos, flutes, harp, erhu and pipa along with other exotic instruments constantly grab the attention and keep the colours bright and strong. Ethnic drums such as djeme, bodhran and shakers are employed to bring emphatic levels to the beats, the occasional electronic glitch and subtle sequencer pattern adding further depth.

MOOD
For the most part the mood here is one of optimistic tranquillity - even when the tempos lift somewhat, the hypnotic nature of the music remains. The album explores a range of genres from the balearic slant of EverSoul through the more overtly worldbeat NeverTale and UmbraStory to the progressive electronic ForestWake. That said - the listener would likely not spot any obvious shift in style since the whole package has a strong unifying identity that runs throughout the whole album.

ARTWORK
OtherSong comes in a jewelcase with single sheet insert. The limited palette of liquid blue and lilac creates a tasteful front cover - smooth sky and sharp blossom with simple title font. The rear cover presents a similar sky, this time with faint puffs of white cloud, bright copper leaves in foreground. The tracklist runs down the right side. Flipping the insert over; the thematic content is maintained with more vivid flora alongside a second tracklist. Here too are brief credits and website details with a suggestion that album notes can be found at the artist's site.

OVERALL
Longing For Orpheus is the solo project of classically trained US musician Derek Smootz. With its origin back in 2003, the project experimented with music influenced by the likes of Enigma and Vangelis. A debut album was released in 2006 entitled Skye making OtherSong the second full length CD currently on offer. According to the official website Derek is also involved in various side projects such as Artificial Emotion (dance-oriented) and Ice Queen Alias (synthpop). He performs with various choirs and theatres in the Austin area, and maintains the "After Enigma" online guide to Nu Ambient music. The new album can be heard at the Longing For Orpheus website.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM
This is music for forgetting your cares and enjoying the moment. OtherSong has that fairytale dreaminess found in Amethystium and will likely appeal to fans of enigmatic music. Well suited as background sound - but a joy to experience on headphones too.