Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Obcure Little Beast on the Prowl: Orera- Orera (1970)
There's a lot of great stuff to be found over at Obscure Little Beasties, much of it original rips (I assume) and of course very obscure (at least it is for me, as I know relatively little about the Russian/Soviet/Eastern European diaspora)-- but since there is almost nothing on the blog in the way of description, it can be a difficult or intimidating sea to navigate. This is a fine way to run a blog as far as I'm concerned, as I love to spin the wheel and see what emerges from the mystery. But recently I snagged something so delightful that I wanted to highlight it, ensure you knew about it, and send you all in its direction (and hopefully turn you loose on the wider pastures that Obscure Little Beasties has to offer).
I still know almost nothing about this group, Orera, other than that they are Georgian (perhaps someone out there can better fill me in). They seem to be practicing a kind of harmony-laden vocal music, blending the (polyphonic?) vocal traditions of their region/culture with the poppy, sunny sensibilities of "sunshine pop" acts like Free Design and the like-- with a good amount of top-notch lite-jazz and Burt Bacharach mixed in. At times they remind me of a Eurasian Duo Ouro Negro, and while I'm sure that's a shallow comparison, it may be of use in conveying the surface aesthetic at least.
My inability to intelligently describe or analyze Orera should be clear to you by now, but my perspective isn't really necessary. Orera are able to advocate for themselves with this video-delight (after which, nothing else really need be said):
Go to Obscure Little Beasties and check this right out, brothers and sisters.
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