The Paisley Orchard

by Actual Water

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    Actual Water's Paisley Orchard LP released early 2012 on Unfamiliar Records on sexy, pure, clean, see through, clear vinyl

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Paisley Orchard via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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An early review of the Paisley Orchard:

“Over their brief lifespan, this mysterious Toronto outfit has left no avant-rock subgenre unmined — from no-fi post-punk to Krautrockin’ hypno-drones to sax-blasted jazz-punk to musique-concrete squall — amassing a collage-like catalogue that, as per their anarchic aesthetic, has been mostly disseminated through free downloads. And yet the band’s many prior permutations provide zero indication for what awaits on The Paisley Orchard: harmony-rich, Rickenbacker-gilded jangle-pop, with copious “ooh ooh oohs” and “la la las.” But true to their experimental ethos, Actual Water’s exploration of ’60s sounds feels like a genuine excavation project, forcing you to burrow through some gruff garage-punk rave-ups and cacophonous found-sound segues in order to unearth the AM-radio gold sounds of “The Situation,” “Brighton” and “Sleeping in the Garden.” In essence, the Actual Water story is playing out like The Beatles’ evolution in reverse — in one fell swoop, they’ve just gone from “Revolution 9” straight to “Ticket to Ride.” – 4/5 stars”” Stuart Berman, Eye Weekly

Early props for the Paisley Orchard from Eye Weekly’s “best Toronto albums of 2010”:

“Actual Water, The Paisley Orchard (Independent): From Sonic Youth to Animal Collective, it’s common practice for indie-rock bands of avant-garde origin to gradually cohere into more formalized, melodically focused entities. But few bands have made the transition so swiftly, dramatically and successfully as Actual Water. After debuting in 2008 with a pair of no-fi sound-collage collections, the enigmatic Toronto outfit refashioned themselves as pristine Byrdsian jangle-popsters for The Paisley Orchard, a move that proved as startling and perversely contrarian as any of their previous, more antagonistic sonic experiments. Expect the rest of the country to fall under The Paisley Orchard’s pop-narcotic spell when the album is released nationally in 2011 via Unfamiliar Records.” SB


released June 6, 2011

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