Doubles, the debut album from Los Angeles-based instrumental duo Duffy x Uhlmann, is out now!
A testament to the wordlessness of their musical intimacy, Meg Duffy and Gregory Uhlmann (Hand Habits, Perfume Genius) take up their guitars in order to make an imprint of the slowness and presence of their improvisational practice. They weave together a sonic meditation, embracing intuition and relying on trust.
Find Doubles on your favorite streaming service HERE.
Purchase Doubles on black & white marble vinyl, classic black vinyl, smoky shell cassette & digital formats HERE.
Cyrena Touros of NPR Music recommended Doubles on the latest episode of the All Songs Consideredpodcast:
"They're both guitarist & they work off of each other in this really beautiful way. They use repetition as this framework of the first half of the album & slowly expand it outward as they become more playful & warm. I think it really rewards attentive listening by design."
More praise for Duffy x Uhlmann:
"The two guitarists play off one another with a tempered rhythm, showcasing the skill of seasoned veterans." - Pitchfork
Rainbow,Robert Stillman's beloved 2016 Orindal debut, is finally back in print on 160 gram classic black vinyl! Pressed by our friends at Smashed Plastic right here in Chicago, this new & improved edition was manufactured from brand new lacquers cut by original mastering engineer Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service.Rainbow has never sounded so good!
While supplies last, vinyl orders of Rainbow (2023 Edition) will ship with 11 x 17 posters from the album's original 2016 release. Order your copy HERE.
What Stillman does so well, is to create a fragile dreamworld within his
music where darkness meets light and vice-versa. His complex
arrangements bely an honesty that is rarely heard these days, poetic in
its beauty. Bringing together ideas and building stylistic melodies upon
one another, he uses piano, keyboards, drums and tenor saxophone, to
highlight just a few instruments, creating thought-provoking pieces of
music. Subtle and beautifully crafted, each moment is a work of art unto
itself. — Mike Gates, UK Vibe
Rainbow does feature moments of swooning melancholy — see the haunting opening ballad, "Ruthie In May” — but its most common mood is one of uplift, heard on the hymnal “As he walked into the field,” and the looping, playful “Warren is a great car.” Even when the album doesn’t directly reference the spiritual jazz movement, as it does on the closing song, “Epilogue,” Stillman sounds as if he’s drawing on a deep reserve of sacred conviction. — Jason Woodbury, Aquarium Drunkard
Post- Trash premiered the single with a hypnotic animated visualizer by Christina Huang. Post-Trash's Jack Solomon writes:
“In the Spirit of Fair Play” is characteristically sparse, but it’s one of the album’s quickest moments, both in tempo and length. The two musicians lock into each other with country-ish chicken-picked arpeggios, establishing a rolling groove. The piece doesn’t have (or need) much in the way of sections, as the guitarists take one idea and let it develop. The music peters out about as naturally as it rises, and even with such a brief run time, it says all it needs to say.
Speaking about the song, the duo shared:
“Conceived initially as a 15 minute long acoustic improvisation in a cold garage in Northern California and manipulated down into a dancey after thought, the closer track from 𝘿𝙤𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙨 is into a testament to processing. ‘In the Spirit of Fair Play’ speaks to seeing things from all sides, and challenges our biases about what something can become, the ever unavoidable unknown.”
Doubles vinyl & tapes are currently in stock & ready to ship, so pre-order your copy now to receive it before the September 22 release date!
Or, if you'll be in Los Angeles this Sunday (September 10th), you can also purchase your copy of Doubles direct from Duffy x Uhlmann when they make their live debut at 2220 Arts + Archives! Orindal Records labelmates Dear Nora & Ruth Garbus will round out this amazing bill. Get your tickets HERE.
Alive People, the wondrous new album by Ruth Garbus, is out now! Find it on your preferred streaming service HERE.
From Rosy Overdrive's review:
"Brattleboro, Vermont’s Ruth Garbus has released a half-dozen or so albums and EPs since their 2006 debut album, Ruthie’s Requests. Their newest record, Alive People, is their first since 2019’s Kleinmeister,
and (reflectent of its title) was record live last year at 10 Forward
in Greenfield, Massachusetts. With help from bassist/synth player elie
mcafee-hahn, guitarist Julie Bodian, and vocalist Julia Tadlock, Garbus
performs a set of slow-moving, synth-and-guitar-led songs containing
elements of folk and pop but without cleanly falling into either
category. Interspersed between nine “proper” songs, improvisational
pieces of music and a brief spoken word piece from Tadlock round out
Alive People by particularly capturing the live and public nature of its initial recording."
From Pitchfork's preview:
"The experimental folk songwriter Ruth Garbus announced her new album, Alive People, with two singles, “Mono No Aware” and “Healthy Gamer.”
The latter is a meditation on gaming culture, searching for meaning in
the “digital thunderdome,” a pursuit with which Garbus sympathizes over
penetrating keyboard pulses and a metronomic drum machine. (Garbus
herself has “only played
Ocarina of Time,” she conceded in a press release, but found it a “wonderful experience.”) The rest of the Kleinmeister follow-up combines wry ballads and self-help pearls over playful guitar and synth."
Order your copy of Alive People on cotton candy pink vinyl LP, classic black vinyl LP, compact disc or digital formats HERE.
Finally, Ruth Garbus is playing three album release shows in California, including a September 10 Orindal Records showcase in Los Angeles with Dear Nora & Duffy x Uhlmann (the new instrumental project by Meg Duffy & Gregory Uhlmann of Hand Habits). Don't miss Ruth!
This December,Dan Wriggins (of Friendship) will make his West Coast live debut, supporting five shows in California, Oregon & Seattle for MJ Lenderman & Karly Hartzman (of Wednesday). Jake & Karly will be playing special duo sets jam packed with MJ Lenderman & Wednesday hits, beloved favorites from their home-recorded collaborativeEPs & brand new songs. Dan will be playing solo versions of your favorite Friendship heartwreckers, all the rippers from his 2021 solo EP Mr Chill, plus sneak previews of new material. These shows are rare opportunities to hear three of the very best young songwriters around in cozy, intimate settings. Don't miss em! Tickets go on sale Friday!
Philly, you'll have a chance to see Dan Wriggins live on October 26 when he opens for the great Charlotte Cornfield at World Cafe Live!
Orindal Records is thrilled to announce Doubles, the first album from Los Angeles-based instrumental duo Duffy x Uhlmann, out September 22, 2023.
After playing together in Perfume Genius and Hand Habits, Meg Duffy and Gregory Uhlmann embark on their first album of instrumental duets, Doubles. A testament to the wordlessness of their musical intimacy, Duffy x Uhlmann take up their guitars in order to make an imprint of the slowness and presence of their improvisational practice. They weave together a sonic meditation, embracing intuition and relying on trust.
"Arriving ahead of Doubles, which will see a September 22
release via Orindal Records, the track exhibits two guitarists perfectly
in tune with each other letting the spirit of improvisation guide
them—'blowing kisses and finishing each other’s sentences,' as the press
materials put it. It’s far from the heart-wrenching reflective balladry
of Hand Habits (or Perfume Genius, with whom Uhlmann’s also recently
toured), opting instead for the immediacy of the present moment. ‘Braid is a meditation in motion,' the duo shares in a joint
statement. 'Rhythms layering against each other with the goal being
disappearance. With a nod and a look we move from chord to chord. And
then we end just as we began.'”- Flood Magazine
"The two guitarists play off one another with a tempered rhythm, showcasing the skill of seasoned veterans." - Pitchfork
On August 25, Orindal Records will release Alive People, a new album by Brattleboro, VT's one & only Ruth Garbus! Alive People is an elegant collection of misty pops, ballads, and self-help hymns interspersed with synth improvs and guitar gambols. You’ll hear Ruth Garbus’s melodious compositions floating through echoing Brattleboro alleyways, and land at Ten Forward with a small band of friends. Performed live with a studio audience like a ‘90s sitcom, but the ecstatic cheering is only a whisper in the strings.
Advance singles "Mono No Aware" & "Healthy Gamer" are now streaming everywhere & the rest of the album will follow on August 25. Pre-order your copy on cotton candy pink vinyl LP, classic black vinyl LP, compact disc or digital formats HERE.
“Vermont-based avant-folk songwriter Ruth Garbus returns today with news of her first full-length since 2019’s Kleinmeister: the spacious dual singles “Mono No Aware” and “Healthy Gamer” serve as the first taste of Alive People, scheduled to arrive August 25 on Orindal Records. Both tracks see minimal accompaniment behind Garbus’ lyrical meditations on angst and video games, respectively, the former a warm acoustic number featuring lower-octave harmonies from collaborator Julia Tadlock, the latter furnished only by warm, gentle keyboard and a minimal electronic drum beat.” - Flood Magazine
"Ruth Garbus has announced a new album, Alive People, the follow-up to 2019’s Kleinmeister. Garbus is sharing two tracks from it today, “Mono No Aware” and “Healthy
Gamer” — both are mellow and wordy, as Garbus’ thoughts unspool around,
respectively, a spindly guitar line and a plodding beat. Across six
minutes, each are engaging and inquisitive." - Stereogum
Young Moon have made the difficult decision to postpone their U.S. tour due to some very serious personal health issues. Young Moon's Trevor Montgomery shared a statement via Instagram:
I’m heart broken to have to announce that I am postponing my trip to the states and all of the shows. The last few months have been insane for me. I had become very sick and never seemed to be getting better this triggered a lot of testing and flights and machines and it seemed like everyone involved was leaning towards the darkest of conclusions. However after weeks of anxiety and stress it seems I am in the clear for now of the big C. I am still however too unwell to travel and it’s gonna take quire some time for me to get back on track. I wanted more than anything to be in a room with you sharing the songs from Triggered by Sunsets. I’m sorry.
Please help me to spread the word about the new Young Moon record. Please share it with your friends, buy a digital copy, an LP, put it on your playlist or gift a copy to a friend. I Need the Support right now. You will be supporting my wonderful label @orindalrecords as well. To Continue supporting and putting out outsider music and singers. This is so important.
Take On Thee is the second & final advance single from Young Moon's new album, Triggered by Sunsets (out June 30 on Orindal Records). Following the slow burning, hypnotic groove & brooding nostalgia of lead single Deep Ecology, Take On Thee highlights a different side of Young Moon. Take On Thee's driving drum machine rhythm & melodic, chiming guitars buoy the lyric's hopeful message to a young artist, which double as a tribute to some of the artists who
inspired the creation of Triggered by Sunsets.
Various Small Flames premiered Take On Thee this morning, describing the single as "brightly transcendent." Read Jon Doyle of VSF's introductory essay & listen to Take On TheeHERE.
Triggered by Sunsets vinyl is in stock & shipping next week! Pre-order your copy HERE or pick up a copy in person on the Advance Base + Young Moon July U.S. tour! Tickets are on sale now HERE.
On June 30, Orindal Records will release Triggered by Sunsets, the third full-length album by New Zealand-based dream pop/shoegaze DIY recording artist Young Moon.
Trevor Montgomery (formerly of Tarentel & Lazarus) has been writing & recording brooding ballads & blissful psychedelia as Young Moon for over a decade, programming vintage drum machines & atmospheric synths to accompany his mournful baritone. In an album review for music blog Consequence, music journalist describes Montgomery as "a singer/songwriter with a talent for lo-fi tracks, electronic
synthesizers, and genuine lyrics that explore love, life, and– fittingly
for his well-traveled voice– death."
I've been a fan of Young Moon since 2013, when I caught a live set at a little bar in Oakland, CA & picked up a vinyl copy of Navigated Like the Swan, the debut Young Moon album on Western Vinyl. That album lived on my turntable all through that winter. The music seemed to exist on a different plane, coming to me from both the future & the past. The songs were achingly beautiful, full of grief & hope, & I've carried them in my head ever since. Trevor & I kept in touch & we would occasionally run into each other in San Francisco until Trevor & his family relocated to Nelson, New Zealand in 2019. I was thrilled when Trevor emailed me some excellent new Young Moon recordings & I jumped at the chance to collaborate on a release.
Triggered by Sunsets is Montgomery's first Young Moon full length recording since relocating to New Zealand, & it's the Young Moon first release for Orindal Records. First single "Deep Ecology" is out now. Find "Deep Ecology" on your preferred streaming service HERE.
Triggered by Sunsets will be released on 160 gram "sea glass" color vinyl, classic black vinyl & digital formats on June 30. The album's cover was created by collage artist Rachel Anne Duffy. Pre-order your copy & read the album's bio by Matt Hellriegel & introductory poem by Jason Morris HERE.
Young Moon will return to the U.S. in July for a solo show at the Ivy Room in Oakland, CA, followed by a two week tour of the eastern U.S. with Advance Base. Catch Young Moon live & pick up your copy of Triggered by Sunsets from the merch table!