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ARTIST
TITLE
Yearling
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
MORR 128LP MORR 128LP
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RELEASE DATE
4/15/2014

LP version. Comes in a heavy cardboard sleeve with printed innersleeve. Includes download code. For Yearling, Orcas members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums, to build upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. A lot happens in a year -- jobs change, relationships flourish and crumble, friends leave us, and new people enter our lives. In this era of 140 characters, you may find yourself wishing from time to time that you'd written a few pages in a notebook about a certain experience or period of your life, when all those details were still fresh in your mind; Yearling does just that. Whereas many songs on Orcas' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of Yearling was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote and developed while staying in Germany during the summer of 2012. Working together at Heyne's Lichte Studio in Berlin and Irisarri's own Black Knoll Studio back in Seattle, they brought the album into full form over the course of the following year. Whether it's the soaring guitars of "Infinite Stillness," the Lynchian otherworldliness of "Filament," the echoes of Spirit of Eden-era Talk Talk on "Capillaries" or the slow-building tape loops of "Tell," Yearling subsists on variation while holding a lyrical center. Pioulard muses on absence, presence, dedication and distance; there's an ode to geography ("Selah") and a lamentation of discord ("An Absolute"). All attempt to reconcile the uncertainty and frailty of our combined humanity with the ardor of the individual, and to understand the measure of a year against that of a lifetime.