Gabriel goes country. Or, um, kind of.
Kai Orion, perhaps Frederick’s most interesting musical mind, returned this year with “Start To End,” a seven song EP that brilliantly continued the journey from where his previous record, 2015’s “Pots & Pans,” left off. With a voice that functions as a dead ringer for pop mastermind Peter Gabriel, Orion can do everything from use a basketball as a musical instrument to … well, to mellow out with a Laurel Canyon vibe led forth with an acoustic guitar and jazzy, delicate drums.
Or, at least that’s what “Regret” offers, save for a quick middle section that echoes the best of his musical doppelgänger, Gabriel, complete with an uptempo dance mix that fills out with a repetitive pedal steel part and what sounds like a live drum or two. The thing is, that’s the beauty of this artist’s work — you never quite know exactly what you’re hearing. Sure, it could sound like a guitar, but with Orion, it’s just as likely to be a cheese grater.
No matter. It’s all brilliant just the same. And as “Regret” proves, if you just give this guy a few minutes of your time, the last thing you’ll do is feel this song’s namesake.
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