Freewave is a small collection of songs that call upon themes of hiding away in the face of malice and opening up in the embrace of love.
In collaboration with Zachary Degnan (Quincy Raw), the opening track Animals / Unfamiliar Sun presents a narrative about an animal being forced to cohabit with humans and lose the habitat it has always known. The track displays a perfect pairing of nature and machine as organic percussion hits and acoustic guitar meld with pillowy synths. The song eventually descends into an abrasive cloud of electronic glitches and whirs, symbolising the encroachment of humans into the animal's home. This metaphorical nature of the song reflects Orr's personal experience of predatory behaviour during his teenage years.
𝘓𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺, 𝘈𝘯𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘢 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥. 𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘭𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧. 𝘈𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘭𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘯 2019 𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘨, 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦, 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘶𝘮𝘢.
Up next is ‘Words in the Wind’. A hypnotic rake across Orr’s guitar is the central pillar of this mantra-like piece. The guitar intertwines with rhythmic oddities that sound strangely familiar but belong to a world of their own. Swirls of electronica surround you with precision and intent, the gradual transition between sections leaving you somewhat disoriented as the decaying synths act as distant memories.
𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘢. 𝘐𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦, 𝘪𝘵'𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 (𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦) 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 (𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦). 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘯𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺.
All organic elements are relinquished for the closing track, ‘Freewave’. Waves of dense ambient textures spill over each other, enveloping the listener as the song progresses.
𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦, 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯 says Orr. This sentiment will surely be shared among his fans as they immerse themselves in these rhapsodic layers of rapture.
Words by good friend Clint Owen Ellis
released November 10, 2023
Produced and engineered by Kevin Orr p/k/a Romeo Moon
Mixed and Mastered by Tim G Carr
Artwork by Kevin Orr
animals / unfamiliar sun - written and performed by Kevin Orr and Zachary Degnan
words in the wind - written and performed by Kevin Orr
DX7 by Zachary Degnan
modular vocal effects by Benjamin Colbourne