Orchestra Of Spheres – “Anklung Song” (Stereogum Premiere)

Apparently the elections in New Zealand a few months ago were as much of a shit show as elections are in the US. Surrounded by what they saw as dirty politics in their home and nation’s capital of Wellington, Kiwi pysch-rock septet Orchestra Of Spheres felt the need to do something about it. They are not an overtly political band, but the music on their new album Brothers And Sisters Of The Black Lagoon is inspired by a strong resistance to the status quo, and the raw, unorthodox sounds they mix with their already entrancing psychedelia certainly defy convention.

The latest offering from the album is the instrumental “Anklung Song,” and it’s a fantastic gumbo of warped, wandering guitar grooves, jangling percussion, infectious bass, intricate drumwork, and irresistible rhythmic bass lines. The band is certainly aptly named as this journey is more of a rock movement or symphony than your mere song. It lulls with repetitive grooves, but charges with inventive bursts of sounds at opportune moments for a dramatic, cinematic quality. Listen.

Album artwork:

Tracklist:

01 “Bells Intro”
02 “Trapdoors”
03 “Walking Through Walls”
04 “Day At The Beach”
05 “Anklung Song”
06 “In The Face Of Love”
07 “Reel World”
08 “Cluster”
09 “Rocket #9″
10 “Let Us Not Forget”
11 “Divine Horses”

Live dates:

05/13 Tours, France @ Le Temps Machine
05/14 Brest, France @ Festival Le Lac
05/16 Bamberg, Germany @ Alte Seilerei
05/17 Dresden, Germany @ Az Conni
05/18 Erfurt, Germany @ Frau Korte
05/19 Bern, Switzerland @ Rössli
05/20 Geneva, Switzerland @ May In The Park
05/21 Paris, France @ Les Instants Chavirés
05/22 Krefeld, Germany @ Jazzkeller
05/25 Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
05/26 London, UK @ Club Makossa
05/27 Bournemouth, UK @ The Winchester
05/28 The Dome, London, UK @ Raw Power Festival
05/29 Istanbul, Turkey @ Chill Out Festival
05/31 Bilbao, Spain @ Kafe Antzokia
06/01 Madrid, Spain @ Siroco
06/02 Lisbon, Portugal @ Damas
06/03 Porto, Portugal @ Teatro Municipal Rivoli
06/04 Oviedo, Spain @ Lata De Zinc
06/05 Zaragoza, Spain @ Centro Cívico Delicias
06/07 Toulouse, France @ Les Pavillons Sauvages
06/08 Melle, France @ Le Café du Boulevard,
06/10 Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Eindhoven Psych Lab
06/11 Basel, Switzerland @ OFF Bar
06/12 Geneva, Switzerland @ Baz’art

Brothers and Sisters of the Black Lagoon is out 5/13 on Fire. Pre-order is available here