Formerly (un)known as Mercutio's Dead. A mixture of ambient, electronica, post rock and sometimes French spoken word.
Notes from release page for The Ghost Town Memorial Blues Marching band Anthology Volume 2:
Samples, remixes, mash-ups and collaborations. An attempt at creating post rock and hip hop out of old country / folk / americana / jazz and blues songs. A tribute to all the musicians who have inspired me and have been cold-heartedly and wickedly sliced on this album. All lyrics by Minus Clay, except David Pajo Blues, by David Pajo.
I've only just discovered #2 Orchestra, but their dusty, methodical grooves are growing on me. The Ghost Town Memorial Blues Marching Band Anthology: Volume 2 dances around a reflective, trance-like sweet-spot where consciousness is optional. It is as rich and dense as the finest experimental layer-cake. I've only scratched the surface.
Many of #2 Orchestra's works possess a quality of collage, with found sounds around ever corner. This album as a whole illustrates a long, methodical climb towards an enigmatic pinnacle. In this mythical sonic landscape, the individual constituents are hard to decipher. This ocean of mostly consonant noise, much like the human being's plane of existence, oozes fractals and appears anarchic. Lead and rhythm is one, and the order arising from the chaos is most elegant. I've not found much to be gained by trying to examine the threads that make up #2 Orchestra's tapestries. I have found that I can make the most of these pieces by allowing them to ebb and flow and wash over me as a torrent of liquid sound. There are overdriven guitars and earthen acoustics; sharp, punchy electronic percussion and cavernous acoustic drum blends.
From the beautifully haunting, cerebral knuckleball that is "David Pajo Blues" to the bending strings of "We Slept Outdoors and Got Drenched"; from the grit-signed contributions of Darkened Escape's guitar-play to the poignant march of the essence of autumn in "Harvest Season Leftovers"; from the masterfully cut and pasted twitch of "Abandoned Skateparks" to the ominous undercurrent of "Dirt-Sketched Bodies"; sojourning through valleys of solitude and battlefields of bumblebees, Ghost Town is a wonderful, evocative, invigorating trip.
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