Orion Tango

by Orion Tango

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    The Orion Tango debut release comes in a lovely 4 panel gatefold with art and design by tilomo & waggs, exclusive photography by avraham bank, and includes a 9 minute bonus 'work in progress', Because of Never, from the OT recording session.

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A tango is all about moving smoothly as one with your partner. Orion Tango's tango is all about doing the same thing between minds and instruments. The newest project from Philadelphia's genre-defying 1k Recordings label consists of guitarist Tim Motzer, bassist Barry Meehan and drummer Jeremy Carlstedt: a team of premier musicians who've played together in various settings in the past, but never in this trio configuration before. Their self-titled debut shows both the familiarity of longtime collaborators and the eagerness of a fresh outfit just discovering what it can do.

Drawing on the experimental spirit of Krautrock as much as the deep rhythmic stew of urban dub, offering infectious power-rock grooves and occasional noise on the edge of chaos, Orion Tango is a thick slice of heavy power-trio improv as this crew does it best. It's a treat for familiar 1k listeners who love the forward-thinking eclecticism of Base3 or Global Illage, newcomers looking for one of the most exciting under-the-radar discoveries of the season, or just anyone with adventurous ears. Catch them onstage this fall and be ready for anything. ~Geno Thackera

release date: October 30, 2015

Review snippets:

Top 20 Year End List 2016, Sid Smith, Prog Rock Magazine, UK

selected Best of 2015 list by Prog-Sphere Magazine

"Every once in a while, you come across an artist who really makes you feel like you’ve been asleep. What they do is so unique that you get the impression you’ve been missing out on something everyone else knows about, and you wonder what you were doing the whole time....the price of admission was well worth it. A real gem."
Project Day-Break

"...freaky fuzz fusillades, eruptions of bent circuit aural aphasia, heavenly harmonizer crystallizations, adroit soloing, and psychotropic atmospherics...at some points listeners might well close their eyes and imagine they were attending a concert in an intimate performance space—say, Pink Floyd performing at the UFO Club in 1967."
Barry Cleveland, The Lodge

“Orion Tango” is an album that sneaks from behind; it’s melodic and noisy, but most importantly it’s an album where the band doesn’t loose any of its edge. A very fascinating record that asks for time, and time is something we definitely don’t lack of."

"...a borderless, deep groove meets post-rock effort that unites power trio mayhem and incendiary improvisation, while maintaining an infectious melodic center." Anil Prasad, Innerviews

That Music Magazine


released October 24, 2015

Barry Meehan - bass
Jeremy Carlstedt - drums, percussion
Tim Motzer - guitars, electronics, samplr

recorded by Eric Bogacz at 1k Recordings, Fishtown February 2015
mixed by Tim Motzer and Eric Bogacz at 1k
titles and mix assistance by Barry Meehan.
mastered at Spice House, Fishtown by Eric Bogacz July 2015
design by tilomo & waggs
photography by Avraham Bank, Baltimore 2015
produced by Tim Motzer

special thanks to:
ZVex, Eventide, Pigtronix, Godlyke, Mantic, Paiste, Pat Mastelotto, Agulair, Julie Slick, Digitech, Tom Cram

© 2015 & ℗ 2015 1k Recordings Inc.
Published by one k music co. 2015 (BMI)
Music by Meehan, Motzer, Carlstedt
all rights reserved


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