Killion Vaults

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Killion Vaults is the second full-length dropped by California nonet Orgone in 2010. The first one, Cali Fever, was issued in June to very positive reviews. But it's not a mere extension of the celebratory hard funk and psychedelic beat consciousness of its predecessor, nor the gritty Southern-styled funk and groove of the similarly named debut, Killion Floor, from 2007. Instead, this 18-track set is the first all-instrumental set issued by Orgone; while it's true that lead vocalist Fanny Franklin is named in the credits here, she doesn't sing a note. Consequently, the cuts on Killion Vaults feel more like vamp-based jams that would be in a soundtrack rather than actual ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Killion Vaults is the second full-length dropped by California nonet Orgone in 2010. The first one, Cali Fever, was issued in June to very positive reviews. But it's not a mere extension of the celebratory hard funk and psychedelic beat consciousness of its predecessor, nor the gritty Southern-styled funk and groove of the similarly named debut, Killion Floor, from 2007. Instead, this 18-track set is the first all-instrumental set issued by Orgone; while it's true that lead vocalist Fanny Franklin is named in the credits here, she doesn't sing a note. Consequently, the cuts on Killion Vaults feel more like vamp-based jams that would be in a soundtrack rather than actual songs. These tracks are more steeped in delay, fuzz, distortion, dub, and reverb effects, and sound very retro. The vibe is also more laid-back than on their previous recordings, though that isn't a minus. There's more to take in here, since the arrangements are less dense but no less present and the sonics are more expansive. The entire thing flows from beginning to end with a very consistent midtempo smoulder rather than a dancefloor burn. World music influences from reggae, Ethio-jazz, Malian funk, and highlife are juxtaposed alongside choppy, druggy funk, as on the stellar "Waiting." Other standouts include the moody, noir-ish "Interloper," with its surf-styled guitar and drifting organ and well-placed vibes; the Morricone-esque yet Afro-jazz on "Dark Falls"; the psychedelic Orientalism of "Dead Reckoning"; "Sonny's Lament," with its feel and sound similar to the Animals' version of "House of the Rising Sun"; and the nasty clavinet-driven funk in "Cruel Intentions." Each of these tracks is short -- the longest piece here is three and a half minutes -- making for a breezy, cinematic single-setting listen. Killion Vaults is another laid-back but no less sophisticated side of Orgone; fans of film music, retro funk, rock, and danceworthy world music should take note.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • UPC: 780661127628
  • Catalog Number: 11276
  • Sales rank: 78,726

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dramatic Times (3:29)
  2. 2 The Score (2:56)
  3. 3 Interloper (2:23)
  4. 4 Summer Beat (2:25)
  5. 5 Counting On You (2:04)
  6. 6 Waiting (2:36)
  7. 7 The Big Escape (3:13)
  8. 8 Done Deal (3:24)
  9. 9 Dark Falls (2:28)
  10. 10 K. Irin (2:56)
  11. 11 Sandstorm, Pt. 2 (3:05)
  12. 12 Dead Reckoning (2:09)
  13. 13 Shopping Spree (1:29)
  14. 14 Impala (1:40)
  15. 15 Cruel Intentions (2:43)
  16. 16 Wanting Wondering (2:13)
  17. 17 Sonny's Lament (2:38)
  18. 18 Faith Keep Rolling (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Orgone Primary Artist
Sean O'Shea Group Member
Joel Bowers Group Member
Fanny Franklin Group Member
Ethan Phillips Group Member
Sergio Rios Group Member
Dan Hastie Group Member
Stewart Killen Group Member
Devin Williams Group Member
Darren Cardoza Group Member
Technical Credits
David Lefkowitz Management
Steve Brodsky Management
Sergio Rios Engineer
Orgone Composer, Producer
Kei Abe Art Direction
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