Born in Virginia and living in Providence, RI for some years, Orion Rigel Dommisse weaves her southern gothic roots with her more recent affinity for horror icon H.P. Lovecraft. As with the best fantasy tales, Orion’s songs thread multiple meanings, some obvious, others occluded, through a linear narrative of disarming depth. All the while the tone is charged with menace and beauty.
Dommisse is a past and present collaborator of Marissa Nadler, Viking Moses, Greg Weeks and Providence-based band Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores. Greg Weeks (Espers, The Valerie Project) engineered her first two solo records, the acclaimed ‘What I Want From You Is Sweet’ (2007) – with Orion’s pizzicato electric cello as the focal point and secondary her synth and Mellotron playing – and ‘Chickens’ (2012), her second ethereal album, on which her plucked cello and Alec K. Redfearn’s ukulele create a hypnotic harp-like timbre.
For her third album ‘Omicron’, Orion abandons her electric cello completely and the more subdued sound of her first two records. Recorded in the Southwest of France in the Spring of 2014 by Benjamin Glibert (Aquaserge), ‘Omicron’ is the result of 15 days of experimentation with French musicians with whom she had never played. Guitarist Eddy Crampes, bassist Jens Bosteen, drummer Emmanuel Mario (Holden, Laetitia Sadier) and cellist Janel Leppin (Janel & Anthony) form the studio band. Orion performs all keyboard instruments on the record – a 1960’s Farfisa organ, vintage synthesizers and piano. The result is a composed but organic psychedelic album, simultaneously experimental and pop.
‘Omicron‘ (What a Mess! Records ~ 2014)