Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Espers' Greg Weeks launches new label with Orion Rigel Dommisse debut

Greg Weeks, who leads Philly's acid folk ensemble Espers, has started a new label with his wife Jessica. The label's called Language of Stone, and it's distributed through Drag City (Esper's home)...they've got two albums out already, one by Mountain Home, the other by singer/songwriter Orion Rigel Dommisse (yup, two stars already in the name alone) who may remind you, a little bit, of Joanna Newsom without the harp. I reviewed the Orion record, What I Want from You Is Sweet in Dusted:
"The first release on Greg and Jessica Weeks' Language of Stone is a baroque danse macabre, skeletal melodies waltzing tipsily over mournful parquets of cello, harp and keyboards. Singer Orion Rigel Dommisse, a cellist since childhood, crafts wavery, dark folktales that are as littered with corpses as with Jungian archetypes. Four of the 10 cuts have the word 'death' (or some variant) in the title, and all of them incorporate mortality somewhere into their delicate landscapes. Greg Weeks is credited with playing 'bones' on "A Faceless Death," and we can all hope it's only a metaphor."
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