'Orpheus' - J. Laser |Review

The perfect floaty Indie Neo-Soul song.

‘Orpheus’ and its accompanying visual, form the third release to date from J.Laser, the moniker of multi-talented composer, producer and musician Jordan Lawlor. Based in Los Angeles and formerly a member of French dream pop outfit M83, J.Laser fuses modern electronic production and sonic manipulation techniques with classic song writing and an innate pop sensibility.


‘Orpheus’ is perhaps the most psychedelic moment so far from J.Laser and comes with a visual made by Jordan himself, using brand new AI technology. The combination is mesmerizing and demonstrative of an artist operating not only musically but also visually and conceptually.


The creation of the track itself started with a trip to the record store, where Jordan picked up a handful of dusty 45’s and took them home to his studio. He threw the first one on the record player and dropped the needle at random. It landed on a wobbly excerpt of a harp solo, which he them took and warped beyond recognition, to form the basis of the track.


Around this time, Jordan was learning about the Ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Orpheus fails to save his wife by leading her out of the Underworld and discovered numerous parallels between the story and the harp sample he’d been working with.


“Orpheus was known as a great musician, playing an instrument known as The Lyre- kind of an archaic harp. I found an obvious likeness between the tragic narrative of Orpheus and the twisted and warped harp sample I had found on my day of crate digging and began writing the song. Throughout the song- there are many lyrical insinuations of looking back, being caught in behavioral loops, being both repulsed and allured by a memory all at once. The same goes for the instrumental soundscape, nearly every instrument is warped, reversed or oscillating upon itself in an endless feedback loop”


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