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This debut by duo Robert Gomez and Anna-Lynne Williams is a delicate, airspun collection of tunes that wisp by on the wind, dissipating before the listener realizes it’s gone. The instrumentation seems weightless. Providing color to Williams’ weedy, graceful voice and Gomez’ occasional gruff growl are simply picked guitar, glowing harmonium, and barebones percussion (Ormonde's, er, charming version of Serge Gainsbourg’s “Lemon Incest” moves with shakers as its sole percussion). Feeling just as surreal as the duo's album cover art, these songs—recorded in a short period of time in a small West Texas house—feel as remote as the artists might have felt in the recording process. (Williams hails from Seattle, Gomez from Denton, Texas.) Gomez's ghostly vocal delivery on the lovely, bad-dream waltz “Cherry Blossom” is a slightly unsettling yet mesmerizing four minutes, and the minor-chord fingerpicking circling under Williams' velvety voice on “I Can’t Imagine” gives the gorgeous tune a dark underpinning. Machine is beautiful in many ways and for many reasons, promising a unique partnership ahead.

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Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '10s

Formed in 2011, Ormonde is an American indie folk duo featuring singer/songwriters Anna Lynne Williams (Lotte Kestner, Trespassers William) and Robert Gomez. After the dissolution of a brief romance, Williams and Gomez traveled to the small town of Marfa, Texas to write and record the ten songs that would make up their Hometapes debut. The resulting Machine is a lush, intimate collection of honest and vulnerable exhumations of love both won and lost, that dutifully reflects each of the...
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