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Album Review

Like an update on Cocteau Twins or Mazzy Star, for their self-titled album O+S paint textural layers of sound beneath breathy vocals and freshen them up with big tight punchy beats. As far as the backing tracks go, many of these sound layers were created from field recordings originally sampled by vocalist Orenda Fink (the "O" of O+S) while traveling around the world. After Fink recruited her longtime friend Scalpelist (the "S"), the two started forming the foundation of O+S by transforming the soundbites of wind chimes, street noises, and children's chatter into loops. It's an atmospheric approach for an atmospheric record, emphasized by the blurred image on the album cover, and like many other albums with blurry images (Isn't Anything comes to mind, due to its similar design), there's an expected ethereal, shoegazey feel to the tracks. Songs whir and whoosh under the production of Michael Patterson (Beck, Ladytron), as thumping kicks, snares, and fuzz basslines keep the dream pop in time. "We Do What We Want To" finds Fink sentimentally reminiscing "I saw what I wanted to/You did what you needed to" in a sultry coo, while "Permanent Scar" ups the tempo into a School of Seven Bells by way of Kylie Minogue groove — one that's too frosty and cinematic for dancing, but that's bouncy enough to warm up an otherwise haunting and chilly album like a bright ray of winter sunshine.

Customer Reviews

Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art in Manila) and Scalpelist (aka Cedric LeMoyne of Remy Zero)

lovely record from Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art in Manila) and Scalpelist (aka Cedric LeMoyne of Remy Zero). portishead-y. beautiful.

Lonely Ghosts

This was the song played at the end of the Dollhouse eposide "Needs" that aired 3 April 2008. This song is outstanding and was great placment for the storyline. Great CD overall as well!

5 stars Lonely Ghosts

I heard Lonely Ghosts on the Dollhouse episode "Needs" and not only was the song perfect for the show but it is hauntingly beautiful on its own. I look forward to listening to more O+S songs.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Friends for 16 years and running, Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art in Manila) and Scalpelist (aka Cedric Lemoyne of Remy Zero) teamed up in their hometown of Birmingham, AL, to make music under the name O+S. Inspired equally by art rock veterans 10cc and loop-based beats, they recruited Beck producer Michael...
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