February 18, 2013 Galaxies With Long Yellow Curtains

The Music Court - Matthew Coleman

Musical Autonomy - Atom Orr

Christopher Hoffee’s journey in the enigmatic realm of music has eclipsed 20 years and shows no sign of slowing. Hoffee has played in three bands since 1990, but has achieved a level of comfort as a solo artist, Atom Orr. His most recent release, Galaxies With Long Yellow Curtains, came out last summer and features an intriguing collection of alt/rock pieces.

Atom Orr demonstrates an engaging pre-Indie style that focuses on captivating melodies and creative lyric. His maturity shines through the pieces, and the diversity of his music is refreshing; he strikes a pleasant combination between the Josh Joplin Group and REM. The music though remains fresh, a testament to Hoffee’s ability to take elements from the current musical climate and meld them into his own music; a collective autonomy – one born from perspicacious musicality and capability.

“Dive” is my favorite track from the album. It begins with subdued keys and percussion behind Hoffee’s gritty but dulcet voice. The space-like synth in the chorus helps the piece swoon well, and the strings create an ethereal aura that plays to the songs melodic efficacy. Simply, it is one damn enjoyable song, and you should check it, and Atom Orr, out!

September 1st, 2012 Galaxies With Long Yellow Curtains

Liam - Wake The Deaf

Atom Orr is the solo project of Christopher Hoffee and is a vehicle of his eclectic and lyrical indie pop/rock. He released his latest album, Galaxies With Long Yellow Curtains, back in July (although admittedly it’s only now I’m getting around to listening to it) and it’s a very enjoyable listen. The loose theme of the album is space (as in the final frontier, interplanetary space), with emphasis on the “loose” as the fundamental lyrical themes of love and relationships are still present. Still, this certainly provides a refreshing angle lyrics-wise and there are some nice strange passages, including one song which, according to Hoffee, was written using phrases used during the turn of the 19th century. It’s difficult to draw comparisons as the album is pretty eclectic but the kind of artists I was consistently reminded of during the album were Beck and John Grant, whether anyone else will be able to hear that comparison is another issue. Listen to the album in full over at the Atom Orr Soundcloud page.