- New single 'The Peanut Specialist' out
Melding influences from Leonard Cohen, The Kinks and Stereolab, French band Orouni delivers a melodic pop with lush arrangements. Our new single 'The Peanut Specialist' follows 2014’s album Grand Tour, which received critical praise in France from the press and radio. French magazine Magic mentioned a “terrific talent for composing melodies” while Label Pop (France Musique, public radio) described Orouni’s songs as both “subtle and efficient”.
Love the opening sequence! Very much enjoying the vocal here. The simplicity of the song just right. I find the jangly guitar works really well with the vocals and drums. They keyboards are a nice offset with that as well. There's a deeper feeling coming off very nicely as the song plays along. The horn is a beautiful counterpoint to the overall song and brings a welcome break within the flow of the song. I like the second song is opened by keying off the keyboard. Nice contrast with the first song. I prefer the sound and sequence of the first song but this second number is quite good too. My favourite part is the vocal when the band quiets down. The 'marching' aspect of the song feels like something done before but has a uniqueness to it that works. If I had to pick a lead single out of the two the first song would be my choice, for sure. Very well done overall. Bravo!
Both songs have a very quaint folksy feel to them, and remind me a little of Belle & Sebastian and similar indie pop bands (especially the first song). The instruments blend well together and the songs are very distinctive sounding. The lyrics seem to tell some interesting stories, which also helps these songs seem more interesting. The more I listen to these songs, the more I like them - so I think they could definitely be popular with college rock/indie pop fans.
The track offers a very pleasing melodic progression and some really pretty arrangements. The slightly accented vocals work well for me but I would say that they're often delivered in the same range and that perhaps a little variety in delivery would benefit the overall progression of the track. On the first track I felt there was a great underlying idea and, while this is naturally a looser live delivery, the track could have been delivered a bit tighter and with a clearer sense of start and finish between the various section. This would have served to highlight further the inclusion of additional instruments such as the trumpet. The second track has a real fairytale like melodic progression and vocally again the accented vocals work well in the tracks initial build up. I think the bass in particular sounds great on this song and it's introduction really helps to frame the track. Again, I feel perhaps some variation on the vocal delivery would make the track immediately more compelling. Thanks for the submission and best wishes.
Orouni create storylike music reminiscent of greats like Belle & Sebastian. The distinct feeling I received from the music was a sense of great warmth. Surrounded in happy guitars, the brass horn adds a dimension of vintage flare that brightens the song with true surprise and joy.
Fun and invigorating tracks that hit the right points for an enjoyable listening experience, while also creating a compelling story. Nice work, particularly the nontraditional rhythms, drum patterns and the horn. Would love to hear the rest of the album these tracks are from. Could be a great fit for The Appetizer Radio Show. Email me to talk about music submissions firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nice track! I'll post the following to OS alongside the video in the near future -- Gentle acoustics and a playful keys accompaniment help complement Orouni's engaging vocals on this excellent live session shot of "The Lives of Elevators", a new effort off the group's upcoming album. Also evidenced on the previously featured "The Peanut Specialist", Orouni's vocals have a soaring and personal quality to them reminiscent, at least to me, of Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, as well as Neil Hannon, similarly capable of constructing hook-y pop songs that don't need shouting or much in terms of volume alternation to stand out. "The Lives of Elevators" is followed by the superb, brass-laden "The Devil and the Monk Seal", off their 2014 LP Grand Tour.
Hi! Thanks for sending this through. The most impressive thing about the song is the live rendition you gave. All the instruments sound really on point and are extremely cohesive. Vocals are good, I think you should work a little more on them, which will help to empower your stage presence as well. I think a good reference for your music could be The Shins, but also Woods and Wilco. I'd suggest to keep working on this direction and maybe start to think how to reach the fans of the bands I mentioned before. That one is theoretically your potential core audience and it has to be your mission to reach them. Hiring a good publicist could help on that. Also, be sure to direct your music to those online music publication that really care about this kind of music. Their readers are already focused on your style, they just don't know you yet. Good luck for your career!
Thanks for sending across, enjoying the laid-back feel to it all. Off to listen to The Grand Tour now - it's a bit too old for us to do anything with but please feel free to keep us up-to-date with regard to the new album - any word on a release date for that yet?
Pleasant. This is the kind of material that travels well internationally, regardless of the local language--but you already know that by now. I definitely hear the influence of Stereolab along with the Lilac Time, the La's and maybe quieter and less frenetic Beautiful South (not to mention a happier Nick Drake). Both tracks are definitely candidates for all kinds of licensing opportunities. Question: How are you hoping to spread the word in North America? Do you have representation here? You might require the use of a radio plugger to get this material on specialty radio programs on commercial stations as well as listens by music directors at public radio. Let me give this a push on my social networks. I'll also pass it along to some people within the industry.
Quirky is the first word that comes to mind about 'The Lives Of Elevators'. Something that would easily be at home in an independent film, i can see it now, its the perfect match. I had that weird feeling from two different listens, on the first go around It has a sense of calm and freedom about it which is interesting seeing as its about someone stuck in an enclosed space. Then on the second go around its less cheery as you break down the situation. I was torn as to whether this was a nice song or not but all is well and found the whole thing really interesting. The trumpet is great and is the cherry on top of a wonderfully crafted and delicate song. 'The Devil And The Monk Seal' again is quite pretty and would envisage attracts the young indie crowd with big scruffy hair, ripped jeans and very liberal. I don't think its as good as the newer track but again the trumpet gives it a sense of intrigue, it should be calming but sense something quite mischievous underneath. Ultimately music that drives different emotions is difficult to craft and with two tracks you have got me pondering a whole host of feelings, questioning how you want me to deal with it all. Dark and elegant one magazine mentions and i would have to agree, its delightful if you dont look under the covers. Happy to share, thanks for sending our way, off to listen to more of your stuff. All the best, C.
Right from the off there is a giddy sense of indie pop going on, put together in a loose shuffling way that just hangs really nicely together. Nothing feels hurried, this is a song that takes on the feeling of a warm breeze of loveliness. The vocals are soft and reassuring, flitting amongst the jangle, soothing synths and a beat that barely raises above a pitter-patter. And when that brass kicks in it's as if the stars have aligned to form a new constellation. The second composition isn't quite as Belle & Sebastian sounding, a little more tender and unassuming though it does pick up as the seconds drift by. The arrival of the trumpet part lifts spirits as well as the momentum and in the process makes for a performance where each of the moving parts add something different and unique. It's all played at a low-ebb but the combined effect is something that will cheer everyone within earshot.
Sweet sound and I love your description of your influencers being Leonard Cohen, The Kinks, and Stereolab. I heard some Gordon Lightfoot storytelling as well. Send 'The Lives Of Elevators' and the other track as well in high quality mp3 to email@example.com with 'Fluence Request - Artist Name - Track Titles' in the subject line and I'll include on playlists and shows. Thanks for this submission, nice to reconnect with your music!
This is really fantastic -- look out for a post on OS in the very near future. Featuring confidently melodic vocals that remind me fondly of Eleanor Friedberger, "The Peanut Specialist" is a bouncily infectious rocker with a chipper enthusiasm reminiscent of The New Pornographers; from the playful distorted bass line to the lively synth accompaniments (the solo around the three-minute mark is especially wonderful), it's truly a track that's impossible not to enjoy. The phase-out ending, with the melody constructed down to fading keys, provides a nice finale to a track that grows from a sound reminiscent of '70s folk (intro) to a fresh indie-rock output with an ample variety of hooks. Awesome work. If you need help promoting this, reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details/success stories regarding my PR servicing. I'll be sure to post this sometime soon. Thanks for the submission -Mike
The title is super intriguing. What is a peanut specialist? Do I need one? What about an almond specialist? I definitely need that... I suppose the superfluous nature of the title is a point within itself - and does a mighty good job of setting the stage for the nonchalant and docile vocal tone that carries this piece. But cool factor only goes so far my lads! You need a hook. Something to make me care. Something that CONNECTS me to this song - your message: your essence. See, I want to know who you are and what you're about. You've seen to just that by adhering to your artistic style, but at it's core, what is this song? Is it coolness for the sake of coolness? Is it a bohemian soundscape that provokes important questions about life? Is it a vision of a myopic creative future wherein the inevitable deterioration of beauty directly correlates with the quality of the encapsulating art? (My pick is #3) One thing's for sure: a single, this is not. However, I'm intrigued. There's enough here for me to suspect that given a quality chorus, you could grow into your own. Also, get better production. Sorry not sorry. Three stars.
Thanks for the submission. Need to give this a few more listens and investigate further. I think there are some really nice ideas here, really enjoy the vocal but it feels a little detached from the instrumentation, upon first listen, if that makes sense? Like the production itself feels a little at odds to the rest of the song. There's certainly the making of a good track in here, just need to listen some more to see if it sticks. Best of luck with the release and thanks again for sending over.
Sold. Solid bit of indie rock with an inventive rhythm track. For North America, your best bet is to higher an independent radio plugger like UNCLE promotion ("U.N.C.L.E. Promotion" <email@example.com>) or Pirate Steve Theo (Pirate! Steve Theo <firstname.lastname@example.org>) to seed your song to speciality radio shows on alternative stations across the contient. There's a cost involved, but it's worth it. Meanwhile, I'll happily post it on my website, www.ajournalofmusicalthings.com. It'll be up by the end of the week.
Hi, thanks very much for sharing with us. I've just been watching the video. It's pretty random but it works with the sound. I like the single though. The mix of synths with the 70's kind of vibe. I'm liking this sound! I probably would have like the drums to be a bit more meatier though, but then I guess that would take away the lo-fi ness of the sound that you're going for. But then maybe it's fine to do that, to push it forward and change it up a bit? Anyways will play this on our next show and pass around fellow DJ's. Thanks again for sharing with us! Kx
Orouni quite obviously don’t go in for obvious musical constructs which means they are ahead of the competition straight away in my book. ‘The Peanut Specialist’ is an odd confection that forever exhibits a loose and freewheelin’ spirit but then it does tend to reach for melodic asides intermittently to sugar the experience. There is a grand build too that reaches its logical conclusion before falling off a cliff and petering out in the splashing waves below without little or no struggle. All told I am a little confused, it’s as if Orouni just let it flow without adhering to what their marketing team have whispered in their ears about what makes a winning pop song. Good on them for that though it may take a little more focus before a wider audience pricks up their ears.
Hadn't heard of a 'split-single' until now, but makes total sense. This split single/collaboration doesn't quite fit for me, but everything about it is professional and very well done! And there be other parts of your collaboration (if any) that I might appreciate. In the meantime, I've been on Soundcloud and am very much appreciating some of the other music off Orouni's Grand Tour album, would you be willing to send that along in high quality mp3 format to email@example.com? I'll include on playlists and play on a radio show (thinking Gare de Lyon track). Thanks for this submission, love what you all are doing, good luck with your music!
This song is super fun! It definitely doesn't follow the traditional verse/chorus/breakdown format and I can actually appreciate that..There is a lot I really like about this song... The vocals are exquisite...Remind me a bit of Stereolab...Really pretty and I love the way they are recorded. I also love the energy of the song...Love how it kicks in with the beat and the overall pace of the song... 0:31 love that synth sound... The harmonies at 0:48 are great...and overall harmonies work really well in all the parts... I think the song's ending is too long...The ending is about a minute long...I think this length may work great live, or in a music video where the visuals can take over...but for any type of radio play or just in general, I would cut the ending by at last half, if not by 2/3... Also, the intro sounds are a little abrasive for my ears...I think the whistle/siren sound (very first thing) could be softened up a bit so it's not so jarring....and also the follow up organ synth is a bit harsh for me...Both of those sounds, although attention grabbing, are a bit hard on the ears... But overall, a really interesting tune...definitely sharing!