Orouni Announces Single, "Former Lorry Driver"
The new indie pop single, “Former Lorry Driver” from Parisian group, Orouni, tells the story of Phillip Collins, a man who survived a cancer scare after being told he only had six months to live. Songwriter, Rémi Antoni, stumbled across his story in several French publications and became fascinated by the whirlwind of Collins’ life. “Former Lorry Driver” experiments with tonal and lyrical shifts to symbolize the headspace of Collins as he experiences the commotion of life, potential death, and then life again. The single is out March 22 on December Square. It will be available on the upcoming album, Partitions (due out April 19).
“Former Lorry Driver” mirrors the sporadic circumstances in which Phillip Collins’ life plays out right before his eyes. Antoni dives inside the character’s head and employs a balance of lyrical and musical composition to exemplify the madness. After a cancer diagnosis leaves him with only six months to live, Collins quit his job and spent all of his money, only to be told by the doctors there had been a mistake. Collins was then left to pick up the pieces of his impulsive behavior and the effects of taking multiple drugs to help his supposed illness, leaving him wrecked.
Multiple vocal performances act out the different phases of Collins’ conscious. Antoni sings in a powerful key, representing the control Collins had over his own life to live it to the fullest in his final moments. On the other end, singer Sofia Bolt sings a deeper, more jazz-inspired part to represent the ultimate sadness that comes with leaving loved ones behind. Heavy drums and a sprightly, buzzing keyboard accompany the vocals to create a whimsical unpredictability, further foreshadowing the mind-boggling plot twist the story takes.
Recorded at Tropicalia Studio in Paris, the thirteen songs that make up Orouni’s album, Partitions, are partnered with visual representations of color. Rémi Antoni, Orouni’s songwriter and composer, perceives colors when he plays chords because of a phenomenon called synaesthesia. This phenomenon is especially prevalent on the single, “Former Lorry Driver”. Each chord is associated with a single hue, which remains identical throughout the entire record. The record is based on the idea of dissociation represented in various forms: inversion, shifts, confrontation, duality, alter-egos, escape, and recomposition. In musical terms, this game of separating melody, harmony, structure, musician, and instrument isn’t self-evident to all, but neither was the record specifically geared towards the ears of musical analysts. The main goal of Partitions is to offer pop songs to its listeners. For this phenomenon to be experienced by anyone who listens to the album, Antoni created chromatic diagrams for each song. The root "chroma" designates a color for each song’s chord. The diagram for "Former Lorry Driver" can be seen below.
Partitions Track Listing
- Former Lorry Driver
- The Lives Of Elevators
- Charles And Sylvester
- No News Is Bad News
- Henriette Pivots
- Special Shadow
- No Features
- Suppression Of Local Control
- I Was A Paratrooper
- Total Novel
- Son Of Mystery (bonus CD track)
Orouni is an indie pop outfit based out of Paris, France. Orouni’s songwriter, Rémi Antoni, gathers melodies that appear in his head while walking in nature. swimming in the sea, or observing architecture. Orouni has released three albums, A Matter Of Scale (2006), Jump Out The Window (2008), Grand Tour (2014), and a 2017 EP, Somewhere In Dreamland. The name Orouni was inspired by a talented musician in Jack Kerouac’s famous novel, On The Road, and symbolizes creative madness and freedom. Orouni has opened for artists such as Keaton Henson, Cate Le Bon, Sean O’Hagan and The Saxophones. Singer Emma Broughton has collaborated with Feist, Bon Iver, and Lisa Hannigan while bassist Steffen Charron has played with Melody’s Echo Chamber and Halo Maud. The group’s newest album, Partitions, is being released on December Square in April 2019.