Rooted in heart-pounding beats and flowing vocals, Canadian alternative indie rock duo Blackout Orchestra masterfully deliver a soothing shoegazer with the release of their new single, “Unfound.”
Like its recently released predecessors, the new single once again represents the lavish eclecticism solidified on their forthcoming album, Beauty Sleep; “It’s Fine” and “Tongues” led the charge of singles between last year and Valentine’s Day 2022, each offering an introspective look at Blackout Orchestra as songwriters and their ability to vocalize the full range. of human experience. “Unfound” continues this journey, bursting into unassuming melodic nuances – soon blending the lush harmonies of Ben VanBuskirk (vocals, music) and Morgan Thompson-Reid (vocals).
“‘Unfound’ was a bit of a turning point in setting the record, coming in late in the game,” says VanBuskirk. “I knew a girl in high school – she transferred within about a month, but we became very close during that time.
“We were the only ‘grunge’ kids in our school to listen to Fugazi and Velvet Underground,” he continues. “I remember she had Kid A on vinyl and I thought she was the coolest person ever. After moving, she was pretty fleeting – going from town to town, so I never knew how. reach her, but for years, every once in a while, a package would come in the mail with these beautiful ramblings, art, trinkets, and mixtapes.
“Eventually they stopped coming, and honestly I have no idea what happened to him. The song is kind of a fictionalized look at where we ended up – those idealized punk rock kids who thought that we would never “sell” ourselves; that we would always be these creative weirdos and that we would never compromise.
“I wonder if she ever found a way to navigate the ‘adult’ world and what each of us might have gained and lost along the way.”
Blackout Orchestra burst onto the scene in 2021 with the release of their debut album, I Will Want You When We Are Ghosts. A self-proclaimed chronicle of heartbreak and recovery, their second upcoming release Beauty Sleep navigates “finding your footing after a fresh start.”
“The last album was basically about hitting bottom and slowly coming back up,” says VanBuskirk. “This record is the continuation of that – when you put your life together, it’s not ‘happily ever after’… Life goes on; there are always the ups and downs of everyday life, those quieter battles that take place between the big moments in your life.
“I was particularly interested in taking softer acoustic sounds and marrying them with minimal electronic rhythms and flourishes, to add even more to the feeling of being between two worlds,” continues VanBuskirk.
The moody realization that you are alone is a feeling explored on the track. But this satisfying Blackout Orchestra prose stirs the tides of “desire” for the satisfaction of being “unfindable.”