Low Flying Orchestra is the music made by Niall Ó Siadhail and friends. They recently released EP1 which contains three songs and is thirteen minutes long. It goes by fast but was enough to connect with the band and appreciate their sound.
The first song is “King and Queen” and the instrumentation felt a little distant at first. There are guitars and percussion which seemed to be in the background of the mix. The bass is a little more prevalent but it's the fantastic horns which really add a lot when they appear. Once the vocals came in it became obvious that the song was based around this element. I could hear every word and it was almost too loud in the mix but sounded great especially when the instrumentation gets more intense towards the end. Melodically, I was on board with what they were playing and singing. It was accessible and memorable. The delivery was great and reminded me of “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John.
Next up is “Roger’s Car” which begins with strummed guitars and vocals. It’s a change from the first tune and I appreciated the vocalist even more. There are just some really nice qualities to his voice. I was not expecting the fantastic change around the thirty-second mark. There are drums, guitars, bass and what sounds like either violin or cello. I’m leaning towards violin. On the second verse the vocalist sings with an affectation at points. He changes it up but it didn't feel too theatrical. The vocal harmonies towards the end are very nice.
Last up is “Berg Man” and this song begins with a beautiful combination of violin and wind. The guitar comes with a couple strummed chords but in all honesty I sort of miss just the wind and violin. This song builds very nicely and doesn't rush to do it. It’s a dynamic song and the last minute or so increases BPM and creates a powerful ending to the EP.
I would say this EP does a great job showing some of the diversity of the band but also their foundation. It also left me hoping to hear from them in the not too distant future. That’s about as good as a start you could ask for.
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