C.M.S.O. Reviewed in The Wire

It’s with the utmost pride and joy that I share that Orca, Attack!’s C.M.S.O. is reviewed in this month’s edition of the incredible The Wire magazine. Spenser Tomson writes, “…incoherent snippets of detail are delivered via garbled new age electronics and blissed out chorals, like a sleep learning tape that’s been chewed by the deck.” The full review is available from Exact Editions or your local library. THANK YOU to Spenser and The Wire editorial staff for their support!

C.M.S.O. is (some of) The Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp!

We here at Orca, Attack! headquarters are beyond ecstatic that Marc Masters included C.M.S.O. as one of his picks for the best experimental music on Bandcamp last month. Here’s an excerpt:

The New Orleans-based duo of Elizabeth Joan Kelly and David Rodriguez mix retro-futuristic voices with technological debris to create something not far from James Ferraro’s work circa Far Side Virtual. Simultaneously funny and creepy, C.M.S.O. is cultural collage that works on whatever level you feel like assigning to it.

Read the rest over on Bandcamp!

ElectroJunkyard Episode 6

Airing today: a C.M.S.O.-themed episode of ElectroJunkyard, my bi-monthly show on Camp Radio in France. This is an abbreviated version of the mix David Rodriguez and I put together for I Heart Noise in honor of the release of C.M.S.O. (Learning by Listening Vol. 1). The mix includes a smorgasbord of spoken word, synthesized voices, music made for commercial purposes, music made for educational/instructional purposes, videogame music, and some other stuff that we just thought was cool. Airs at 7pm CET / 12pm CST. Listen at Camp Radio.

Episode 6 tracklist:

0:00 Orca, Attack! – Abstract – C.M.S.O. (Learning By Listening Vol. 1)

3:53 Frank Ocean – Fertilizer – Channel Orange

4:32 Raymond Scott – Portofino #1 – Manhattan Research, Inc

6:38 Gwendolyn Brooks – We Real Cool – Poetry On Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006)

8:10 Lovage – Lovage (Love That Lovage, Baby) – Nathaniel Merriweather Presents…Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By

9:06 Radiohead – Fitter Happier – OK Computer

11:02 Anne DeMarinis – Radio Song – Just Another Asshole #5

11:46 Terry Scott Taylor – The ‘Lil Bonus Room – Imaginarium: Songs from the Neverhood

13:56 Bill Wurtz – chips (sponsored)

14:06 Tank and the Bangas – Forgetfulness – Green Balloon

18:22 Delia Derbyshire – Great Zoos of the World – BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21

18:54 Stone Temple Pilots – My Second Album – Purple

22:04 Bill Wurtz – how to remember your name

22:10 Petra Haden – Odorono – Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out

24:26 Warmduscher – Rules Of The Game (feat. Iggy Pop) – Tainted Lunch

25:32 Reachground – Now You’re A Hero – You Have To Burn The Rope

27:46 Delores Galore – DEAD HERO (excerpt) – Virtua Mall 1.0 Soundtrack

30:02 Toxic Chicken – Van Gogh and his Ear – FUN

33:02 The Who – Heinz Baked Beans – The Who Sell Out

34:02 Anne Waldman – Uh-Oh Plutonium – The Dial-A-Poem Poets “Better An Old Demon Than A New God”

37:33 Choir of Downside School, Purley & Viola Tunnard & Benjamin Britten – Britten: Songs from “Friday Afternoons”, Op.7 – Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: “Cuckoo!” – Britten: A Ceremony of Carols; A Boy was Born; Psalm 150

39:00 bvixer – Brian Eno Windows 95 Sound x23

41:08 Sima Kim – Life is too short to use windows – You Won’t Find My Punchlines Here

42:20 Throbbing Gristle – E-Coli – D.o.A.: The Third and Final Report

46:26 Moor Mother – Forever Industries B – Forever Industries

49:16 Visible Cloaks – Lifeworld – PRSNT

49:48 Mort Garson – Plantasia – Mother Earth’s Plantasia

52:58 Raymond Scott – Portofino #2 – Manhattan Research, Inc

55:07 Susan Stone – Language Etude – Tellus #11 The Sound of Radio

57:01 Orca, Attack! – Ethical Approval- C.M.S.O. (Learning By Listening Vol. 1)

Podcasts and reviews!

Loads of new podcasts with Orca, Attack’s! C.M.S.O. on the deck this past couple of weeks:

And there’s an extremely perceptive track-by-track review of the album up on listencorp (we expect nothing less!). My favorite part:

Reaching an ecclesiastical euphoria of harmonies and echoes, the voice doles out thank you’s from the creators of the course. After which things descend into instrumental chaos with glissando notes filling the soundscape, ending the course on an emphatic and almost ornate note tied off with a twinkling swish of pixellated bells at the very end.

Finally, Farewell, Doomed Planet! is also back on the WTUL charts this week. By my count, that’s now 21 weeks? Amazing.

On The Fringes of Sound Review

Love this reaction to Orca, Attack’s! C.M.S.O. from On The Fringes of Sound:

When I received this one in my inbox, it immediately stood out to me as one of the most interesting concepts for an album. The entire EP is something of an essay being read aloud, except the message comes through… wrong.

I‘m currently four listens in and I‘m quite sure I haven’t learned anything. But I do know that it is also very fun to listen to.

Read the full review over on the website. Thanks Lars et al!