Agitated Atmosphere: Fabio Orsi - Stand Before Me, Oh My Soul

As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound from luminaries such as Fabio Orsi.

Music stands as a connection between the physical and emotional. As wrapped up in aesthetics and technical wizardry as it may be in the literal realm, it’s the metaphysical manifestations in which it forms personal attachments. A string of prose never accounts for emotional response aside from those with the megaphone.

Fabio Orsi - Full Metal Flat

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Within this idea exists Fabio Orsi. The Italian artist has long been tapping ambient musics as a means to excavate deeper thought. How sound relates to not only the human ear (aesthetic) but the heart. Stand Before Me, Oh My Soul (released via Australian label, Preservation) exists as the watershed of Orsi’s lengthy catalog. The darkly textures he unearths is a pick axe into the pumping, sensitive heart. The swirling effects, the evocative tones—it reaches down your throat to slow the pulse and catch the tongue. All one needs to understand is explicitly expressed through Orsi’s blend of song title and melodic call and response. “Naked Trance” is sensual, the melody heavy with gumshoe noir as the keyboard catcalls the smoky vixen. “Papa, Show Me Your Blues LPs” transforms the old trip-hop formula, feeding it through Orsi’s prism. Much like Trans was Neil Young’s answer to how his son must have heard music, “Papa” exists as the aural intake of Orsi wearing out classic blues LPs a world away. “My Awesome Drugs Propoganda” -- self-explanatory.

Stand Before Me, Oh My Soul is the long, hard look in the mirror. When we begin to dissect our flaws, we begin to lose ourselves. Orsi absorbs those flaws and enlarges them to epic proportions for the world to see. The brooding, the lust, the vitriol that resides in us all, refracted by music. The world isn’t such a lonely place; Stand Before Me, Oh My Soul allowing us all to connect in our musical emotional vacuum.

Justin Spicer is a freelance journalist whose work can be viewed at his website. He also pens Deserted for the KEXP Blog. You may follow him on Twitter.

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