"Yearling" ORCAS members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri
(The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and
piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued
ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to
their hazy pop leanings.
many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and
impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from
short pieces Pioulard wrote and developed while staying in Germany during the
summer of 2012. Working together at Heyne's Lichte Studio in Berlin and
Irisarri's own Black Knoll Studio back in Seattle, they brought the album into
full form over the course of the following year.
it's the soaring guitars of “Infinite Stillness”, the Lynchian otherworldliness
of “Filament”, the echoes of Spirit of Eden-era Talk Talk on “Capillaries” or
the slow-building tape loops of “Tell”, Yearling subsists on variation while
holding a lyrical center. Pioulard muses on absence, presence, dedication and
distance; there's an ode to geography (“Selah”) and a lamentation of discord