silk-screened cardboard ecopak
with black & white woodblock
print copy insert by ben stamper
a town in new jersey?
the flipside of the beatles?
orange is kurt weisman's second album
(after 2008's spiritual sci-fi, a few 7"s
& e.p.'s, and his work in feathers)
it is a brilliantly chiseled gem. a beautiful
garnet, or perhaps an orange chalcedony.
there are traces of traditional norwegian
melodies, atonal counterpoint, simple folk
songs, new age blues, spacy doo wop,
neo-classicism, love songs and a detour of the
following....(orange lady, orange was the
color of her dress then blue silk, shades of
orange, orange juice blues, woodsmoke &
oranges, onion orange, apples & oranges,
funktion orange, draped in fluorescent orange,
orange claw hammer, oranges & lemons)
kurt abandoned the micro-editing & digital
processing of his previous music (for now)
there isn't a trace of computer trickery on
orange which makes this a straight forward,
well balanced, deceptively simple(r), honest
there isn't a single note of filler here,
every sound sits still in perfect place.
kurt lives in a cabin in the woods near
it seems that the quiet, peaceful isolation
permeated this music.
these songs were ingrained and steeped deeply
within kurt's soul (and fingers) over the
course of a few years. now he is a mirror
reflecting them back to us with love to the
orange is mostly kurt singing and playing
guitars but there are tasteful additions of
clarinets from robert stillman (horses) and
kinetic sparkling keyboards from eliot krimsky
(glass ghost) & a touch of other
instruments & sounds by kurt. included is
a nice insert of a woodblock print of a horse
by ben stamper (ben + vesper) who also helped
produce the album.
these are songs of ascension.
(thermal clouds. bird flight. spirits rising.
love growing. spirals. wide open skies.
in his special way, maybe kurt has found his
own center, his deep bliss, his unique way to
tap into the universal body / mind.
orange will be everyone's new favorite color.
shining the most radiantly pure light into
1. new england snakes
2. self-portrait with skull
3. let my spirit rise
4. rainbow blues
6. when i saw him with you
7. new blueberry song
8. tulip tree trail