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Herd of Mers - Aurora Caught Napping

Aurora Caught Napping

Herd of Mers

It's Twilight Time - HOM-8

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

I always look forward to a new John Orsi release no matter what form it comes in. He's captained a number of CDs I've a great deal of affinity for, especially the Overflower ensemble, though I'll just as happily take Incandescent Sky, Knitting by Twilight, Blueshift Signal, or anything he cares to emit. Not all that long ago, the guy lucked into Karen Riendieu in collaboration and soon made that alliance about as close as you can get, marrying her. She's now Karen Orsi. Here, the two present a spare octet of slow quirky selections showcasing Karen's large influence in the Overflower group. The woman sports a lazily sleepy voice while plying stringed instruments, spreading pensivity and observations from over the horizon. As a fan of the underexposed Rain Parade, I can't help but find a lot of satisfaction in the similarities between them and Orsi's wont. John provides all the percussion, some uncredited backing vocals, and even a green harmonica, but the real draw is his wife's unusual talent, all the more puzzling for the fact that nothing here is cause to shout about or point to excitedly but just a very relaxing blend of pop, alt, soft prog, and a brand of sometimes sloppy oh-look-at-that music not easy to locate nowadays.

Track List:

  • Dirty Shoes
  • Fold
  • Aurora Caught Napping
  • Single Hour
  • Walls
  • Midge
  • Keep
  • Awhile
All songs written by Karen Orsi; arranged by Karen Orsi & John Orsi.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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