Friday, August 14, 2009

The Orphins release Wish You Well at Drunken Unicorn. Sat., Aug. 15

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It’s been a minute since the Orphins last checked-in. Wish You Well, the post-punk outfit’s second full-length to materialize in their 10-year career isn’t a significant shift in style, but it does bring a terse upgrade to the group’s jangle and dirge-pop assaults. As opening numbers “(x2+y2-1)3 –x2y3=0” and “In the Dark” unfold, the old familiar chime moves-in leaving a core accent that affects the entire album. Such a distinctive guitar sound was the driving part of the group when they released Drowning Cupid back in 2004. This time it’s woven deeply into the fabric of “Sea Song” and “Elements.” Both are full-bodied pinnacles of the group’s monochromatic rhythms, that are less insular than before, but are still instantly recognizable, and instantly catchy. (Adair Park)

4 Stars

The Orphins play the Drunken Unicorn with the Selmanaires and Club Awesome. Sat. Aug. 15. $8. 8:30 p.m. 736 Ponce de Leon Place.

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