Watch the spacey video for ‘Asteroids’
Meet Parisian psych rocker Orval Carlos Sibelius, he’s about to unleash his vibrant music on the UK with the official release of his new album ‘Super Forma’ on the 2nd June via Clapping Music. Having supported kindred spirit Jacco Gardner in France before, Orval and his band will be playing their debut UK shows in early May, calling at Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape then London’s The Lexington on the 10th. Full details of all OCS’ live shows are below.
Orval’s already garnered a credible reputation in his motherland, with smatterings of praise pouring forth from Les Inrocks and Noisey.fr. Over to the surreal verdant mind of Lelo Jimmy Batista, Noisey.fr’s editor for his thoughts on Orval’s music:
“There are songs that are made for those days when you wake up bare-chested and shoeless in an industrial estate only to walk 4 hours in heavy rain to get back home. Warm songs which open the door to your miserable self with an exhilarated and loving smile; which cover you in a blanket smelling of juniper berry powder and hot chocolate; which send you down the 4 lane highway of permanent happiness. I admit these songs are rare – but they do exist.
Get a taster of the blistering album track ‘Asteroids’, along with a suitably kaleidoscopic space-themed video:
“And there are other songs; songs discovered one merry March morning which are destined to recall forever the eternal feeling of Spring; of light fluttering behind a curtain; of those curious days when you almost feel like knowing what’s going to happen before noon. Admittedly, there aren’t many of those either, but they, too, exist. There may even be songs which can do all those things at the same time, and within 5 minutes. But, to be honest, I only know of one such song. It’s called ‘Good Remake’ and it’s by Orval Carlos Sibelius (ex-Centenaire). It’s found on his second album ‘Super Forma’. And, because we’re lucky bastards, it’s at the very end of the record so that only the righteous and the worthy can enjoy it as a blissful reward. However, you won’t need either patience or courage to listen to this record. A barely functioning stereo will do. For, despite that ‘Super Forma’ was crafted with uncompromising care (two years of tinkering, first in the studio and later on analog tape) over a period of two years (the first sound engineer threw in the towel then passed the baton to Stéphane Laporte – Centenaire, Egyptology, Domotic) and besides the fact that it contains a pair of otherworldly moments where Reason has been discarded for good (the psychotronic song ‘Cafuron’ and its fuzzed-out trumpets chanting the pinnacle moment of the worst day ever lived by a human being with horrendous arpeggios in the back), the album only owes his epic, screaming polychromatic and hazily occult nature to its songs. That’s right, it’s an album made of songs.
“Songs for those days when you wake up bare-chested and shoeless in the middle of an industrial estate, of course! But above all, songs where fire and grace fall heavily on your head continuously for 46 minutes. Songs like alchemical spring rain dissolving and mixing The Byrds with Robert Wyatt (‘Spinning Round’), Morricone with The Ventures (‘Desintegraçao’, ‘Asteroids’), Italian psychedelia and Californian winds (‘Super Data’). The style is radical; the result verges on the sublime. And when the music stops and the last notes of the immense ‘Good Remake’ disappear into the air; while swarms of insects still search for his soul; Orval Carlos Sibelius, displaying his weird and glittering acrobatic silhouette, can be seen moving forward towards the Light, holding in his hands the intact cover of a beating heart. But not just any beating heart, it is your very own. Because that’s the price you’ll have to pay to go on this journey. There’s no way back. You’ll be mad; you’ll be lost…but happy.
“It’s either that or the industrial estate. You decide.”
‘Super Forma’ Tracklisting:
1. Sonho de Songes
4. Spinning Round
5. Super Data
7. Archipel Celesta
10. Good Remake
11. Burundi (hidden track)
Apr 23 Printemps de Bourges Bourges, France
May 01 Les Aralunaires, Arlon, Belgium
May 02 Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, United Kingdom
May 08 The Great Escape, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 09 The Great Escape, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 10 The Lexington, London, United Kingdom
May 22 Le Manège, Lorient, France
May 23 Les Nuits Botaniques, Brussels, Belgium