There’s very few bands in New Zealand who can rival the visionary mysticism of Wellington’s Orchestra of Spheres (Mos Iocoss, Baba Rossa, Jemi Hemi Mandala, E = MC303 and Zye Soceles). A track like ‘Hypersphere’, off last year’s Nonagonic Now, manages a choppy, catchy groove and a chanted mantra recalling the wigged-out seventies psychedelic spacerock/krautrock set as well as today’s bearded balearic boffins from Scandinavia paying homage to that era (Mungolian Jet Set, Lindstrøm, etc); they also allow exploratory freakouts that echo our free noise heritage – albeit sloppily cosmic rather than aridly ascetic or bleakly cacophonous. Orchestra of Spheres’ setup boasts a roots’n’phuture amalgam akin to Konono N°1 , a D.I.Y. mix of neo-traditional instruments jury-rigged from household objects (biscuit tins, mousepads, barbecue tongs, a futon slat) as well as the likes of the gamelan and theremin – it’s a heady brew. After catching their set at Camp A Low Hum 2011, Canada’s Caribou invited Orchestra of Spheres to play this year’s iconic All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in the UK – he’s curating it alongside Battles and Les Savy Fav; there’s an edit he made of ‘Hypersphere’ floating around, to boot!
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.