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Boomkat Product Review:
Inventive DIY chamber music by Orlando, starring new wave legend Anna Domino in a sharp left turn from his sugary bops for Local Action and Gobstopper.
Orlando Fitzgerald unexpectedly arrives at the cinematic ‘Slow Drift’ after dicing with dance-pop in the past decade. His debut album notably revolves around the cello, deployed with no formal training but tactfully used on an intuitive basis that also informs everything around it. The results are naturally experimental without being whoa hark at me, taking cues from artful early ‘80s NYC no wave and UK post-punk for an elegantly restrained, searching expression of self aided by contributions on drums from Matthew Byas (Phony Ppl), gauzy sax skronk by Kate Mohanty, and gilded with synths from Evan Shornstein (Photay). Cherry on the cake is supplied by singer Anna Domino (collaborator with Virginia Astley, Tuxedomoon and Luc Van Acker), who ties the album to roots in the classiest experimental atmospheric strains of the new wave.
Anna’s appearance on ‘Unfolding’ is the centrepiece and pivotal part to a modestly beautiful recording. The first half limns its elegiac qualities with the dissonant keen of ‘Infinite Life’ that gets right under the skin, signalling something special inside. It follows into ethereal jazz notes somewhere between Basquiat’s Gray and Don Cherry on ‘Anticipate the Heat’, with intimations of Brice Langhorne’s widescreen scapes on ‘Wind’ underlined by deliciously groggy synth bass, before pivoting around Anna’s folksy croon on ‘Unfolding’ into more brooding scapes primed for a creaky horror flick in ‘Storm Grid’ and the detuned gnaw of ‘Less Grid’, with the cinematic flourish of ‘One’ surely staking Fitzgerald’s need to soundtrack a cult psychological thriller.