Agitated Atmosphere: Colin L. Orchestra – Infinite Ease/Good God

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 Colin L. Orchestra.

The recent demise of noise duo the usaisamonster was not the end, but rather the beginning for venerated member Colin Langenus. R.I.P. was such a centered, complete masterwork for a band on its last legs that it seemed an odd time to call it quits; not at the height of their skill but before reaching the pinnacle. Yet 10 years is a long haul for any band and with the double disc release Infinite Ease/Good God, Langenus proves that his interests are as varied and as focused as those of the past.

Infinite Ease/Good God takes its many influences from the work of Langenus’ past, but with the help of a laundry list of musicians and friends IE/GG finds the former noisemaker toning down aural totality for forthright blends of folk, country, and classic rock.

Infinite Ease is as stoned as the title suggests. Opener “You Need Sleep” is an easy end to the day as violin and lap steel play sheep to the rural lullaby. “Numbers Hall” continues the country charm with a prideful, waltzing melody as Langenus dirties it up for his fans (“But I just want to fornicate/to fornicate/to fornicate…”) with a little bumpkin charm of his own. “Descaped” is a gnarly guitar jam, combining the country elements with calculated Hendrix riffs. Good Godpares down the longer ruminations of IE into digestible pop rock. Hints of Zappa (“Need to Know”) and Dobie Gray (“Dreams My Only Friend”) flesh out the folkish melodies while continuing to display Langenus’ sense of humor and history.

Listen to “Dreams My Only Friend”:

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Experimentation often fashions itself from remnants of pop culture; Infinite Ease/Good God is such an animal. It not only stands as a reaction to the rash of overhyped pop performers, it skirts Langenus’ usaisamonster days without abandoning what made Langenus such an interesting listen for more than a decade.

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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