Author: Paul Rogers
3/24/09 | Inland Empire Weekly | www.ieweekly.com | Album Review
O+S are the gauzy soundtrack to a wistful afternoon lost in nostalgia, or an ethereal balm on fixed-stare, post-breakup ponderings. Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art in Manila) has her inner-voice vocals multi-layered into in-and-out-of-focus mazes of melodies, while Scalpelist (aka Remy Zero's Cedric LeMoyne) shapes songs out of Finks' field recordings, collected in diverse locations from Alabama to Haiti. Though the components appear lightweight, their collective effect is sweet n' sour and mildly disconcerting: the drum loops are lonely and ominous; the pianos sound like they were recorded in a vacated mansion thick with memories; Fink's voice wafts over from other dimensions, as much in the instrumentation as over it. Though smoldering with sincerity, O+S owe much to the wraith-like wanderings of the Cocteau Twins, the delicate beauty of Mazzy Star and—in their organic/electronic juxtaposing—the early 1990s Bristol sounds of Portishead and Tricky. Not a revolution then, but a gentle revelation.