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!