Gizeh Records || USA
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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.
"Untouchable siren songs with similarities to Low, Au Revoir Simone and 'Twin Peaks'. It leaves us deeply moved. 3/4."
"Hypnotic and compelling."
POP MATTERS (USA)
"Ormonde will breathe down your neck, whisper in your ear and hold you closer than most – one of the debuts of the year."
THE SKINNY (UK)
"It is, at times, almost unbearably beautiful. Imagine Slint covering Cowboy Junkies' 'The Caution Horses'."
"A quietly intense collaboration that finds both artists experiencing life in the moment. Williams’ feather-light voice finds its match in Gomez’s emotional, intricate layers of acoustic guitars and percussion. Instantly intimate."
THE NEW NOISE (IT)
"Delicate yet distant."
SON OF MARKETING (IT)
"Like a whispered lullaby, Williams and Gomez are a perfect combination."
NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION (DE)
"Close your eyes, turn up the volume and let yourself fall into this sound."
"Comes off as some deserted PJ Harvey piece of the 2009 era, shackled by frozen thaws from heavy clouds that hide the sun"