ORPHAX: De Tragedie Van Een Liedjesschrijver Zonder Woorden CD Moving Furniture Records
Bloody hell, try letting that album title roll off the tongue after a few pints. Translated as “The Tragedy of a Song Writer without Words”, Netherlands based Orphax experiments with brooding ambience and experimental electronic music and drones; reading the press release reminds me of another of his countrymen, The Law-Rah Collective.
Opening up with swelling, resonating drones, these are tampered with scratching sublevel undercurrents of grit and dirt. It’s a surprisingly engaging opener that leads into a more-hollow, echoing soundscape, which is infused with glitch.
By the end of the first two numbers, you are dire need of some actual music. This is when ‘Samen Aan Het Water’ comes along to save the day, with its warm, ever so slightly delayed tones gradually filtering out to be replaced with lengthy drones that make you wait a small ages for each key change.
From here on in things follow much in the same vein. What I do appreciate with Orphax’s work is that he makes you ache for just that little bit more, unsure if it actually will come. This waiting game won’t be for everyone, but if you are a fan of this genre then the results will be quite rewarding; sparse, cold and sometimes quite ethereal, but also quite peculiar for the most part.