Listen: ‘Atlantic Surfing’ by Orions Belte

Orions Belte have premiered the video for their new single ahead of the release of their debut album ‘Mint’ which is due out via Jansen on August 17th. Band members Chris Holm and Øyvind Blomstrøm make a living out of touring and creating for Norwegian names such as Sondre Lerche, Young Dreams, and Nathalie Nordnes and so are almost always on the road and exploring different sounds wherever possible. The lo-fi sizzle and compression gives it the feel of an artefact, a lost treasure transmitted through decades of overdubbed tapes which matches the stunning and occasionally unsettling artwork for the video by VICE-featured illustrator Steph Hope.

The band have said on the track:

‘Atlantic Surfing’ emerged out of this widescreen/autobahn type idea that was lying around. With some new riffs, a couple of pedal steel noise tracks and the wonderful flutes coming out of mixing engineer Matias Tellez’ mellotron, it became more and more clear that this was the sound of the north atlantic oceans. We have some friends who actually surf in these ice cold, arctic waters so it was a fitting theme for this piece.”

‘Mint’ is the debut album by Norwegian inventors, Orions Belte. When looking at the influences for a band, there are few as eclectic and far-reaching than those of this Oslo-based collective. They describe themselves as equally inspired by Nigerian 70s rock, postcards from the French riviera, Formula One races at the Monza track in Italy, to when Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in the ‘Fight of the Century’ in 1971. Expansive and unique.

Band members Chris Holm and Øyvind Blomstrøm make a living out of touring and creating for Norwegian names such as Sondre Lerche, Young Dreams, and Nathalie Nordnes, and so are almost always on the road and exploring different sounds wherever possible. When their paths crossed for the umpteenth time in 2016, their mutual dream of starting an instrumental project together finally found a spark. Holm’s companion from the Bergen scene, Kim Åge Furuhaug, was the match, and Orions Belte was born.

Handsomely hazed vocals and inventive melodies, combine with rhythmic vocabulary that draws equally and naturally from psych rock, hard funk, and soul. It’s the work of an assured craftsman with a preferred set of sonic parameters, and shows off the band’s skill in a lucid, loose fashion. The lo-fi sizzle and compression gives it the feel of an artefact, a lost treasure transmitted through decades of overdubbed tapes which matches the stunning and occasionally unsettling artwork for the cover by VICE-featured illustrator Steph Hope.

The band have successfully drawn on the psychedelic as well as the electronic and indie – you’d be forgiven for making comparisons to the likes Unknown Mortal Orchestra or Khruangbin here. Orions Belte sound like they’re in their own galaxy – a galaxy where they are sound tracking cosmic movies that haven’t been made yet, where landscapes are coloured in as they’re hurtled past and where music is the only language spoken by everyone.

Orions Belte is:
Øyvind Blomstrøm – Guitar, pedal steel
Chris Holm – Bass, vocals, keyboards
Kim Åge Furuhaug – Drums, programming

Recorded by Kim Åge Furuhaug at Bergen Kjøtt
Mixed by Matias Tellez at Blanca Records
Mastered by Christian Obermayer at Strype Audio