“A carnival in the rain” – We listen to Origin One’s debut album

Origin One’s debut album ‘All For The Love’ lays its roots down in the first few seconds of the opening (and title) track with a classic syncopation that instantly rings familiar. That is until the lazers begin to pulse and shoot out in all directions, letting the listener know that this is not just a classic reggae album.

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Beaming electronic waves from interstellar space, the tracks continue to reinforce their familiarity with the tightly constructed style of roots music, while at the same time complimenting it with contemporary sub basses and squelching synths. With defiantly UK sounding vocals throughout, a stand out cover of The Specials ‘Ghost Town’ (entitled ‘Dope Town’) forms a social commentary about isolated streets and the drug-pushing, drifting apathetic youths which inhabit them.

The album then evolves for a while into half-time, echoing dubstep, with driving stabs of high-pitched synths. These dance in arpeggios to the warm vocal harmonies which glue the sound together.

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It’s worth noting the variety of vocal styles and harmony throughout this record, and on a few of the tracks some well placed 4th’s add a certain level of grit to really support what’s happening lyrically and atmospherically. Another stand out, ‘Look At My Life’, which could be described as ‘Interstellar Raga’ chugs along sonically, as a retro computer game synth leads the tune.

From about half way along as the album peaks with it’s faster paced tracks. ‘Tracershot’ brings the whole thing down to a much more ‘earthly’ vibe with the help of a Sitar, before plunging fully into darkness as a low, slow ‘grimy’ bass accompanies it. Note that the fairly sharp repetitive synth on this track somehow manages to hide itself within the tones of the Sitar, something which on paper shouldn’t work, but does.

As the band begins to pull back the branches that this album has laid down from the skies we are treated to a wonderfully crafted selection of analogue percussion in the reggae ballad ‘When The Stars Align’. Simple, distant hums are messed with digitally and create a bigger impact when the main vocals kick in. These voices continue into the final track, this time with a water-drenched, ‘garage-esque’ bass which to me creates visions of a carnival in the rain.

The ethereal vocals, spacey accompaniments and switch ups of analogue and electronic percussions make this debut album very interesting, evolving and colourful. Give it a listen. In order.

One Comment

  1. BIG the F up. Thank you.. Parisa Origin One xx

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