by tom johnson
Home to GFP-fave Julie Byrne, and run by ex-Casiotone For The Painfully Alone leader Owen Ashworth, Orindal Records continues to tick along as one of the most stable and alluring labels in the indie game. Also housing Ashworth’s new Advance Base project, the label is looking to build on 2015’s success with an early release this year in the form of Robert Stillman’s exquisite new release, ‘Rainbow‘.
While jazz is something we’ve almost exclusively shied away from covering here – more for a lack of courage in our convictions than any disinterest in the genre – ‘Epilogue‘, the latest track to be released from the forthcoming new LP, is so mild of temperament, so fetching in its ability to bring about a soft pause in the day, that we barely need to say anything at all.
Rolling on for five elegant minutes, the track is led by a softly striking saxophonic wave which rolls in and out of the main frame while tickles of other instrumentation occasionally creep in, crawling in to that protagonist like the most dependant of companions. It’s the overall mood which most greatly affects however, the song carving a notch in the passing time that simply wasn’t there before. Climb in to it below; a more affecting five-minutes you’ll struggle to find.
Rainbow is released on January 15th – pre-order here
Robert plays an album launch show at Vortex Jazz Club, London, on January 17.