Western Massachusetts’ Sir Orfeo masterful Millefleur came out Friday

Western Massachusetts’ Sir Orfeo masterful ‘Millefleur’ came out Friday. Building off the verdant, homespun song-poems of ‘Wild Raspberries,’ ‘Millefleur’ is by turns earthy and vaporous, strolling the strange borderlands of chamber-folk, symbolist imagery, and ambient minimalism as it journeys deep into the recesses of the dreaming mind.

So Long” animated music video (OK to post):

Sometimes I See a Storm Come In” audio (OK to post):

Here’s what we’re reading about Sir Orfeo:

“The EP that will change your life…madcap brilliance…masterpiece.”
–Week In Pop

“Gentle experimentalist.”
–WBUR Artery (Boston NPR)

“Half-familiar as it emerges from the haze… A mini-orchestra of electronic sounds ebbs and flows against the backdrop of steady nylon-string guitar and soft singing… through turns both eerie and warm.”
–It’s Psychedelic Baby Magazine

“An ethereal exploration of mortality in a sensual, dream pop setting.”
–Americana Highways

“A favorite.”
–If It’s Too Loud

“Indie jewel… grabbed my attention right away.”

While ‘Millefleur’ still carries on the lo-fi, cassette-creaking tradition of Sir Orfeo’s debut—the songs here began life on a tape machine before they were digitized for the mysterious and largely nocturnal process of overdubs, arranging, and mixing in Wareham’s home studio—the collection also revels in the infinite nuance and possibility of the digital realm, with reverbs and delays that expand into infinite halls of mirrors, electronic orchestras that ebb and flow like the tides, and Koji Kondo-esque keyboard flourishes that firmly ground the music in half-lit childhood afternoons: static on the screen, toadstools along a mossy nook, briar roses weaving in the mist. The result is a deliberate, ponderous collection that lands somewhere between Pentangle and Devendra Banhart, a gentle, arresting meditation that’s at once eerie and inviting, lush and elemental, intimate and expansive.

Sir Orfeo - Millefleur