Aunt Ange began as a subconscious entity residing in the heads of boyhood friends Patrick O’Brien and Jack Kearney, and has since evolved into an art-rock collective of varying line-ups and instrumentation, also incorporating visual arts and storytelling into their performances and recordings. The innovative sound combines lush instrumentation and choral harmonies into what Lucid Culture described as “a creepy masterpiece of current-day psychedelic rock.” This ambitious, multi-media project seeks to expose basic human emotions, delivering a universal truth and blurring the lines between the “real” world and “fantasy.”
O’Brien and Kearney, always standing steady like the eye of a storm, began creating music together in 1996. After nearly a decade of collaborating, they released their first independent record, Fliptop Circus (which was written and performed entirely by the duo), in 2004. The following year, bassist Adam Kushner was added to the mix, and in 2006 they released Apathia. Throughout nearly three years of touring in support of the album, multi-instrumentalists O’Brien and Kearney relied on friends and musical cohorts to fill in their sound, eventually adding Austin Reese (saxophone, guitar, piano) as a permanent member. Live, the trio is always accompanied by other musicians on various instruments, adding to the uniqueness and spontaneity of every performance.
Olga Walks Away is the highly anticipated new offering from Aunt Ange. Laboriously recorded over 22 months in their home studio, O’Brien and Kearney each learned several new instruments while creating this album, including violin, harmonium, sitar, accordion, indian drums, tabla, dunebec, and ukulele. In addition, all of the choral arrangements were written and recorded by O’Brien, and Reese again contributed saxophone.
Like Aunt Ange’s previous releases, Olga Walks Away is a concept album. Fascinated by “the two sides of the human mind,” O’Brien was inspired to personify this duality in a series of drawings. The first image he created was “Olga,” representing the “real you”. O’Brien explains, “It is the side of your mind that contains the infinite. Free of perception, contrast, and negativity, it is this side of the mind that can accomplish anything and everything.” Olga’s counterpart is depicted as Charlie Tree (seen in both human and tree form), who represents our fears, worries, sadness, doubts, and concerns, stopping us on our paths towards true connection to the greater whole. Accompanying these images is the album, Olga Walks Away, which tells the story of Olga as she intertwines with Charlie Tree on her path towards truth.
Aunt Ange will be performing in various incarnations in support of Olga Walks Away, currently slated for a November 2012 release. As always, the live show is expected to involve numerous performers - often up to nine people on stage at once - and consist of choral arrangements, strings, horns, and visual arts.
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