Travel across sonic landscapes with Orion Tango
Orion Tango performing at the NJProghouse Progressive Music Series | Photo by Bill Fox | Article By David Murrell
TRAVEL ACROSS SONIC LANDSCAPES WITH GUITARIST TIM MOTZER’S NEW PROJECT ORION TANGO
Experimental guitarist Tim Motzer has proven that there is no genre of music he’s unwilling to explore. The adventurous and innovative Philadelphian has collaborated with a diverse range of figures over the years, ranging from jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel to spoken-word poet Ursula Rucker. The result is a catalog of music under Motzer’s 1K Recordings label that is as unique as it is unpredictable.
HIs newest project is Orion Tango, a three-piece featuring Motzer on guitar, Jeremy Carlstedt on drums, and Barry Meehan on bass. The band just released their self-titled debut album, a deceptively large collection of five tracks that clocks in at nearly fifty minutes long.
On the record, Motzer and his collaborators have crafted a series of instrumental tracks that are tough to accurately categorize. Indeed, for someone like Motzer who traverses diverse musical landscapes with ease, that sort of seems to be the point. Title track “Orion Tango” draws mostly from minimalist post-rock, beginning slowly and never quite reaching a true climax. On the other hand, “Super Gun” is a much more energetic, full prog-rock track, driven by Meehan’s distorted bass and Motzer’s stratospheric guitars solos.
Listen to the album over at Orion Tango’s bandcamp, and watch the colorful abstract video for the track “Orion Tango” below.
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on Orion Tango’s live set at NJProgHouse
“One of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Great music, improvisations that reach deep inside one’s soul, the band that sounds like they played together forever… It would be nice to see OT playing in the bigger venues, with more fans in attendance. In the past centuries it was considered a privilege to sponsor a composer, musician, painter… We wouldn’t have most of classical music if not for that approach. Support on any level is useful & very appreciated… Don’t miss their next show! Don’t miss the next shows of other bands. They need you as much as you need their music.” Avraham Bank
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