The duo of Rafael Anton Irisarri and Benoît Pioulard are back with their sophomore effort Yearling. Their self-titled debut differs a bit from Yearling, as the only live instrumentation featured with prominence was Pioulard’s acoustic guitar and Kelly Wyse’s piano. It flirted with Pioulard’s unique brand combination of folk and ambient but Irisarri (of The Sight Below) certainly left his mark on it. From looking at the credits, it appears Pioulard played everything while Irisarri took to the production side of things but I could very well be wrong! This time around, Orcas brought on Michael Lerner from Telekinesis to play the drums and Martyn Heyne from Efterklang to play guitar and piano. With the addition of these two, Orcas, for the time being, have taken on a much more… direct approach, if you will. On their debut, it felt like the soundtrack to a hike through a rainy forest with a crystal clear pond waiting at the end. Yearling appears to be much more approachable with the duo taking on a fleshed out band (importantly, drums) and adding some form of structure to most of the songs.

A Number of Small Things has pre-released Yearling and only the initial copies are white. For the time, they are the only ones who have any copies for sale. Check out a preview of the album below via the YouTube video or click through the Buy Now link to check out a preview stream of all the tracks. Cheers!

The Details

For "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.
Whereas 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.
Whether 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 (“An Absolute”).

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