It’s been a while since Gizeh‘s released a piece of vinyl, but now they have and I’m glad I get to write about it. Ormonde is a duo consisting of Robert Gomez (who actually used to live in Denton, as far as I know) and Anna-Lynne Williams (of Trespassers William) and this is their Gizeh debut. Both have formidable resumes: Gomez has worked with the likes of Sarah Jaffe, John Grant and Centro-matic and Williams has toured with Broken Social Scene, Feist, Damien Rice and Explosions in the Sky and co-wrote and sang on a Chemical Brothers song – how about that? On the first single from Cartographer/Explorer, “A Grand Design,” it opens with an icy conglomerate of lap steel guitar and acoustic guitar fit for soundtracking a sunrise in gelid temperatures. Gomez’s lyrics are equally cold with Williams’ wordless vocals sustaining them. The song closes with the same elements that it opened with, bringing it full circle. Check out “A Grand Design” below via the SoundCloud stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Ormonde are Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William/Lotte Kestner) and Robert Gomez, and Cartographer/Explorer is the Seattle band’s second album, following on from 2012’s Machine which garnered keen praise on both sides of the Atlantic for its delicate acoustic songwriting. Individually, the two members of Ormonde have impressive CVs: Williams toured with Damien Rice, Feist, Broken Social Scene and Explosions in the Sky during her time in Trespassers William (Nettwerk Records) and also co-wrote and sang Hold Tight London on Chemical Brothers’ Push the Button album. Gomez is a respected producer/multi-instrumentalist who has worked with John Grant, Centro-matic and Sarah Jaffe and was previously signed to Bella Union. Ormonde, however, is where the two locate their shared vision, and it’s a spellbinding place to spend some time.

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