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Drone, Experimental, Ambient
13 Apr 2012
MP3 album size:
2621 mb
FLAC album size:
2764 mb
Morr Music


1Until Then
Lyrics By, Music By – Broadcast
2Arrow Drawn5:16
3I Saw My Echo
Effects [Max/Msp Treatments], Guitar [Additional] – Simon ScottEngineer [Grand Piano & Guitar] – Johnny MendozaPiano – Kelly Wyse
4High Fences5:03
5Pallor Cedes4:44
7Standard Error
Piano – Kelly WyseVocals [Vocal Samples] – Tiny Vipers
8Certain Abstractions
Loops [Drone Loop] – Scott Morgan Piano – Kelly WyseVocals [Vocal Samples] – Tiny Vipers
9A Subtle Escape
Effects [Max/Msp Treatments], Guitar [Additional] – Simon Scott


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
MM111Orcas Orcas ‎(LP, Album)Morr MusicMM111Germany2012
noneOrcas Orcas ‎(CD, Album, Promo)Morr MusicnoneGermany2012
MM111Orcas Orcas ‎(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle)Morr MusicMM111Germany2012


  • ArtworkSean Curtis Patrick, Attempted Theft Of Millions
  • Computer [Laptop], Guitar, Piano, Bass, Sampler, Sound DesignerRafael Anton Irisarri
  • DesignJulia Guther
  • Mastered ByLawrence English, Rashad Becker
  • Music By, Lyrics By, Written-By, Composed ByIrisarri (tracks: 1 to 5, 7 to 9), Meluch (tracks: 1 to 5, 7 to 9)
  • ProducerOrcas
  • Recorded By, Mixed ByRAI
  • Vocals [Vox], Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Electronics [Field Recordings], Other [Warnophone], HarmoniumBenoit Pioulard


In digipak.

Produced in Seattle, WA between 2010-2011. Recorded and mixed at Studio Irisarri except grand piano and guitars on Track 8, recorded at Avast! Recording Studios, Seattle, WA. Mastered at Dubplates and Mastering, Berlin and 158, Brisbane.


  • Barcode: 880918811123
  • Label Code: LC 10387


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Morr Music
  • Copyright (c) – Morr Music
  • Published By – M+S Industries
  • Published By – Walking In Silence
  • Published By – Universal Music Publishing
  • Recorded At – Studio Irisarri
  • Recorded At – Avast! Recording Co.
  • Mastered At – 158, Brisbane
  • Mastered At – Dubplates & Mastering
  • Mixed At – Studio Irisarri


  • Gorisar
Exactly a year ago, at the end of September of 2011, at 8th edition of Seattle’s Decibel Festival, I was lucky enough to attend a world premiere of a live performance by Orcas. Back then I only knew that Orcas was a project consisting of Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri. Pioulard, of course, is a moniker of Thomas Meluch, with EPs, singles and album releases on Kranky, Desire Path, Type, and People In A Position To Know. While Irisarri has released multiple albums under his real name on Miasmah, Room40, and Immune, as well as two albums on Ghostly International under The Sight Below alias. So, yes, going into the above mentioned performance I already knew that I was about to witness a new and exciting affair from two of my favorite artists. What I didn’t know, is that the self-titled debut would eventually make it onto Thomas Morr’s Morr Music, a trend-setting Berlin-based label responsible for output by ISAN, múm, Styrofoam, and many others.

On Orcas, the duo lays down blissful ambient passages, complimented by delicate guitars, minimal electronics, and Pioulard’s lulling voice. The group also invites Kelly Wyse to play on the piano [Wyse has previously worked with Irisarri on Reverie (Immune, 2010)], and Simon Scott to contribute additional guitars and Max/MSP treatments. The rest of production credits include Irisarri for recording and mixing the album, as well as Lawrence English for mastering. All of the tracks on the album are original, except the amazing cover of Broadcast‘s “Until Then”. This particular piece has been stuck in my head for days now, maybe because every now and then I play the melody on my baby grand. The compositions on Orcas follow an introspective trajectory, floating between enchanting dream-drone chords and subtle, yet textural, sonic ebb. Pioulard’s vocals gently hover above the surface of each track, slightly obscured by his own barely whispering octave-high duet. Together, Pioulard and Irisarri perfectly compliment each other in this new pinnacle of post-drift-gaze-haze-pop, on which soaring ambiance meets lullaby songs.

For more from these two fantastic musicians, may I recommend Pioulard’s Précis (Kranky, 2006), Temper (Kranky, 2006), and Lasted (Kranky, 2010), as well as Irisarri’s Daydreaming (Miasmah, 2007), The North Bend (Room40, 2010); and Glider (Ghostly, 2008), It All Falls Apart (Ghostly, 2010) as The Sight Below. This year, Orcas will perform at Decibel Festival during Optical 4: Discreet Tones showcase, along with Nils Frahm, Sylvain Chauveau, and CFCF, with visuals by Leo Mayberry, Sean Curtis Patrick, and even Christina Vantzou! Irisarri will also perform as The Sight Below at Optical 3: Touch30 showcase, along with Eleh, Biosphere, and lissom. I have to admit, all of the Optical showcases look absolutely fantastic this year, and you can bet that I’ll be present at each and every one of them!

Back in Seattle, at the end of September of 2011, after Orcas’ world premier live performance, drunk on good wine and beautiful music, I ran back into the green room, and half slurring my words exclaimed into Rafael’s bewildered and exhausted composure, “that… that was just magical!” Rafael looked at me, smiled and said “Oh, shut the hell up!” Little did he know, I meant those few drunken words… ;)
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