It sounds like Dan Deacon suffered an aneurism. It’s like Captain Ahab lost the plot. It’s avant-punk gone electro. It’s pretty cool in parts, catchy in others, absurd in most – absurd is a good thing in this day and age, though.
Orlando Furious seems like a wild guy. If his music is any indication then he must live in overdrive or hyperdrive or whateverdrive. High and Mighty is his second EP of 2014 after we last heard from him earlier in the year with his first EP, Popular.
From the outset of High and Mighty, Orlando Furious presses the trigger and spews forth rounds of rapid fire vitriol in musical form. At times it sounds like a slam poet going H.A.M. in a warzone. Drum machine loops and discordant bleeps comprise the majority of the backing sound, sometimes coming together in a groove, sometimes not quite getting there but always catching your ear for better or worse.
The sounds are varied though, and not always unpleasant. ‘Peace’ sounds like an 8-Bit chip tune gone wrong – like fighting a final boss on acid. ‘Dogs’ is a standout – gothic discotheque spoken word. It sounds like Dan Deacon suffered an aneurism. It’s like Captain Ahab lost the plot. It’s avant-punk gone electro. It’s pretty cool in parts, catchy in others, absurd in most – absurd is a good thing in this day and age, though.
In comparison to other visceral, minimalist electro punk, Orlando Furious might not be the most consistent or technically able. He may be the most imaginative. The cross section of this niche genre indicates that it is actually rather inclusive of styles and tastes. There is place for a guy like OF – I am curious to see what the seeds he plants grow into.
High and Mighty and Popular are both available on cassette through Cinnamon Records.