The debut track for truly nomadic musician Oriion has dropped in the form of Live Another Lie. A dreamy pop confection that harks on the days of old with a modern electronica twist.
The only constant in ORIION’s life is change. Timezones and transfers between Berlin, Zürich, LA and Toronto. His brand of nostalgic pop was forged from his nomadic reality and insatiable wanderlust, and travel transcends his music like a heartbeat.
The new single Live Another Lie – with its The Knife-esque steel drum hook and instant earworm status – is signature ORIION. The message is clear, the vocals are sharp, and the melodies are effortlessly catchy, the track casually floating into your subconscious like a breeze on a night drive through nameless, neon-lit cities with the windows down. “I had to embody the role of the one I loved the most just to find peace in my heart”, he says. Giving machine-music a heart and a soul isn’t easy, but when it pays off like it does here, it pays off big.
The video – shot in Toronto and New York City – follows a girl as she escapes her previous life and lover in her red coupe. Pure escapism. Into the unknown. Her journey takes her across glowing cityscapes and lush countryside until she finds what she was looking for. Or does she?
Back across the Atlantic in Berlin, ORIION and irish-swedish producer Lindahl are in the Riverside Studios working hard on an album. From the start the pair surged towards a sharply modern sound coupled with the depth of the decades of music and culture that influenced them. You can hear the playful between-the-beats vocals of Prince, Daft Punk’s slick and funky rhythm section, all with a heavy dose of David Lynch and late 80s culture for good measure. Melancholy and timelessness meet smart pop-sensibility and melodies that get under your skin without screaming for your attention. ORIION himself calls it “nostalgia pop”.
ORIION belongs to Jack Kerouac’s mad ones: The ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, wanting everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn like fireworks exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!” The Orion constellation from which his name stems is the brightest in the northern sky. Just another reason to remember this newcomer.