Tuesday, October 6, 2009

João Orecchia - Hands & Feet (Other Electricities, 2009)

João Orecchia - Midnight Serenade

João Orecchia - Gold To Green

When was the last time you were absolutely floored by a record? I think that might have been the first time I heard Street Horrrsing last year. Since then, I've gone on enjoying records like a regular dude. That is until I got a little e-mail about João Orecchia's new album Hands & Feet. Attached was an MP3 for "Midnight Serenade" and after hearing the first 20 seconds, I e-mailed the guy girl back and said "I NEED MORE." He She lent a helping hand.

Now don't think I'm a fucking idiot or anything. I know "Midnight Serenade" isn't the most original thing out there. It's not gonna win any awards. But there's just something so special about it that really gets me. Some sort of unabashed enthusiasm swarms over me and I become the happiest guy in the room.

And every song on Hands & Feet gives me that same feeling. It's soft roadside glitch makes me glow. Banjos and toy pianos and flugelhorns and melodicas and violas play in sweet synchrony with crunchy electronics. It's the most lush and charming electronic record I've heard in a long time.

I get the feeling that Hands & Feet isn't going to strike as resonant a chord with everyone as it has with me. But fuck that. I am so in love with this record. I have listened to it countless times in the past few weeks. Of course I'd like to spread the Orecchia gospel but I'm not gonna go all missionary and force it down people's throats. There is a simple test you can take though. Listen to "Midnight Serenade" and "Gold To Green." If you're not totally enchanted, don't bother with the rest of the record. And then get the fuck out of here.

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