|Ormondroyd | CD review | 2003|
ORMONDROYD - Bing-Bong-Bing
Ormondroyd, meanwhile, remain impressively modest about their songs whilst admitting to trying to 'make music that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end'.
And Record Overplayed? Well, they are still so dumbstruck by the sheer raw beauty of the CD in question that, one week on from receiving it, they are still searching for the words needed to do justice to the Sheffield six piece's work...
Bing-Bong-Bing collects together the boys' two previous demos and begins simply enough, with Ollie Birtill's Nick Cave-esque voice floating gently over a guitar riff - then Dan Clements' clarinet kicks in and it suddenly strikes you that Ormondroyd aren't your average guitar band. But it's second song Perfect Designs when this really becomes apparent. In the wrong hands, such a simple idea would be uninspiring and monotonous, but not here; perfectly-designed vocal harmonies twist themselves effortlessly around hypnotic guitars which eventually build to a spine-tingling crescendo as stunning as that of Weezer's Only In Dreams, and Walking on Water uses a similar technique to equally moving effect.
While the faster, more obviously indie efforts such as Scarlet and Fantasize are still impressive, it's the intricacy of the CD's subtler moments which really give the band such an endearing charm, and fourth track Still is breathtakingly beautiful. Again, it's amazingly simple, but the delicate piano and clarinet intertwine with Ollie's plaintive vocals to make a truly spine-tingling song.
But as has already been stated, words alone cannot do these exquisite pieces justice, so visit their website and give them a listen.
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