photosmallOrthodox are a band who are have set out on their own brilliantly idiosyncratic path.

And of course they are signed to Southern Lord which gives you a clue to their atmosphere and invention. (more info on the band here )

This is a heavy drone music built around a overdriven bass that serves off at tangents that include Gnawa music of the desert music of North Africa or weird psych trips or sore soundtrack pieces that are all encased in this love of the eternal drone.


The two piece band, formed in the winter of 2004/05, and wasted no time in exploring all the musical options open to them. They may have been rooted in the dark and deep noise of proof grunge like the Melvins but were already on their own path by April ’06 they had recorded the two themes of “Gran Poder”, an amazing debut that is just the first stone of the sonic monolith they´re going to build step by step.


Their debut takes their roots of Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Melvins, Earth,Sleep but moved them firmly in their own direction – sure you can get lost in the heavy sludge and the downbeat grooves but they really explore the bass and drum possibilities whist adding a third instrument when its called for – like neo black metal symphonic guitar darkness or free jazz sax or  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds piano one note intonations. There is rock in here but also free jazz and classical in an oddly mesmerising journey into a dark heart.

Their website correctly states that ‘the result is a lethargic music with obsesive repetitions, minimalism, feedback, distortion and endless drones creating a primitive trance inducing atmosphere. ‘

Julian Cope is a big fan and it working with them on something quite possibly freaked out.


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