REVIEW: Ormo’s “MEYL” (EP)

Photobucket The last time I reviewed Ormo was two years ago, so it was a welcome sight to receive an e-mail from him saying he had a new project. MEYL sounds a bit more psychotic than his last album, but maybe that’s my first perception of hearing new music from someone I’ve become a fan of. The newness of hearing various sounds taken from its original sources, slowed down, doubled up, pitched, stretched into things almost unrecognizable is a welcome feeling. One can isolate motions from Ormo’s tracks and go “wow, this wound sound great with vocals or rapping” but even from the start, this EP is more on the experimental and avant-garde side. Soothing slow jam samples should not be interlinked with sped-up country music, or steel drums should not be fondling the legs of smooth jazz, but here it is. Either that or you can hear these sounds as the offspring of those who the general populace say were never meant to unite in musical affection.

What am I saying? I’m saying that this is experimental electronic music as it was meant to be heard. The songs on MEYL could be “experiments in process”, or merely what was meant to be heard. By stretching a part of a song that might arguably be insignificant, he turns it into what you’re focusing on, and you hold on until he chooses to drive down a new street. In other words, bring gas money and put on your seat belt. I like this for its twisted funkiness, get down and wiggle parts of your body you didn’t know still moved.

REVIEW: Ormo’s “Dice”

Photobucket Now this is the kind of music I’m into: electronic music that morphs into electronica which morphs into countless sub-genres. A part of it sounds like rhythmic radio dial turning and heavy tape editing, other parts sound like homemade digital sampling and triggering, where sound is battling with sound, that is having a kung fu battle with Janet Jackson, or is it Culture Club, or is it the intro to a children’s show? It’s unknown, and yet unknown. Those are some of the things that kept me listening to the twisted juggernaut of sound that is Dice (Laps), an album by Ormo.

It’s avant-garde to say the least, you could arguably dance to it but we’re talking in a very German experimental, free form fashion. Fans of IDM will love this, but this goes beyond the limits/boundaries of IDM. This will definitely irritate people who want their electronic music a bit more softer, more sane, more simple. This is about grabbing sounds, yanking it by its nunnies and just tying it around through the rectum. Go along the lines of what Jan Jelinek has done over the years, but then look in a mirror and say Biggie Smalls three times. Makes no sense? Find a way for this paragraph to make sense, and then you will find the tolerance to enjoy the insane digital sounds of Ormo. Thumbs up.