Apogee, Perigee

The Orchid

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1. The Astronaut (Escape Velocity) 04:59
2. The Arrow and The Song 04:57
3. Decompressor/The Last Dive 05:12
4. A City of Plaster 05:25
5. My Affinity is Fire 08:27
6. Life in Retrograde 05:00

With our sophomore record, we've compiled six songs that explore the theme of isolation and that, we believe, push our arrangements and instrumentation to the extremes: the wall of sound has become more aggressive and anthemic and the quieter passages more delicate and nuanced.

From the massive, three-guitar assault of album opener, "The Astronaut (Escape Velocity)," to the haunting, suffocating sparseness of the closing "Life in Retrograde," the album weaves together influences ranging from Morricone’s Spaghetti Western soundscapes to DC-infused punk and math rock. "Apogee, Perigee" moves effortlessly from crushing rhythms to delicate, intertwined arpeggiated guitars—often within a single song.

For this record, we partnered with producer and engineer Kenny Eaton, recording at his Mystery Ton Studios in rural Maryland. Kenny pushed us in directions we wouldn't have considered and the performances we captured are all the better for it. We also worked with the renowned mastering engineer Alan Douches who brought out the best in Kenny's mixes while retaining the dynamics you hear in the final product.

This is a very personal record for us and we're incredibly excited to have it available digitally here on jam.coop. Thanks for listening, and please let us know what you think!

released July 26, 2016

Brie Anderson – drums, percussion, guitar, piano
Jason Garber – guitar
Mark Lee – guitar
Clay Redding – bass
James Wolf – violin, guitar, Fender Rhodes, Yamaha YC-30

Adam Neal – cello

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Produced by The Orchid and Kenny Eaton.
Recorded and mixed by Kenny Eaton at Mystery Ton Studios in Monrovia, MD.
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side in New Windsor, NY.
Design by Jason Garber. Illustration by Thaddeus Pasierb.