Floating Records Orchestra

 
GENRE: Acid Jazz, New Age, Spoken-Word Poetry, Americana

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About

Floating Records Orchestra (FRO) is a loose collaboration of a wide spectrum of Northern California musicians, artist and poets. Produced by Don Zimmer (of Jelly, Folly, and Fiver Brown and The Good Sinners), this band of musical miscreants dares to go where few have boldly gone before. Buy the ticket, take the ride....


The Music

West Virginia, An Americana Operetta

When our heroine witnesses the fatal loss of her beloved, she begins to hear voices; thousands of voices, screaming their insanity inside her head. The voices quiet one by one until there is only a lone remaining voice, Phaedra. She says, "Come take my hand, take my hand." The poison of insanity is administered by Phaedra, and our heroine falls into Darkness. She submerges herself, loses herself in the mad river. The sound of the water slowly brings her full circle; back into the light, where roses may still grow.

West Virginia

by Floating Records Orchestra

When our heroine witnesses the fatal loss of her beloved, she begins to hear voices; thousands of voices, screaming their insanity inside her head. The voices quiet one by one until there is only a lone remaining voice, Phaedra. She says, "Come take my hand, take my hand." The poison of insanity is administered by Phaedra, and our heroine falls into Darkness. She submerges herself, loses herself in the mad river. The sound of the water slowly brings her full circle; back into the light, where roses may still grow.

The brain-child of Floating Records founder Don Zimmer, Floating Records Orchestra is a testament both to the vibrant Marin County music scene, and the collaborative community that is growing up around the label itself.
 
The genesis for FRO’s latest release, an experimental "Americana Operetta" called West Virginia, occurred in the late 90’s when Don cut three tracks with bassist Dave Coltrara (Delta Wires) and drummer Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter TrioNels Cline Singers). After simmering on the back burner for over a decade, Don decided to revisit those recordings, which suggested a loose storyline. With the addition of some more recent compositions, he fit the pieces together into a narrative that recalls the classic mythological hero’s journey, presented in the context of contemporary Americana.
 
About the inspiration for the material, Zimmer said, "This particular adventure was based on my fascination with tragic bluegrass songs like 'Knoxville Girl' or 'Darling Cory,' also The Decemberists 'Hazard's of Love,' Ennio Morrcione, Lee Hazelwood, and the concept album 'Thick as a Brick' by Jethro Tull...repeating themes and a rough storyline...something with a little more weight than your average little song." Aside from “The Poison,” a collaboration with Hollis Zimmer and Fiver Brown, all songs were penned by Zimmer.
 
Songs and story in hand, Zimmer began enlisting the talents of Marin musicians to complete his vision, all of whom were more than happy to follow his muse. Central to the sound of the work, vocalist Carla Holbrook Laverty gives a commanding performance as the operetta’s protagonist. Additionally, Chris Haugen contributes moody atmospherics on the pedal steel, and Steven Younger rounds out the sonic palate on the Hammond B3. Drummer Noah Waldman and bassist Scott Lipsitz form the rhythm section for the newer material, in addition to Tracy Blackman, Chris Peck, & Christina Stroeh

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Dreamy, jazzy interdimensional space poetry. A tumbleweed spinning through the cosmos. This ain’t no metaphor song. Not the world, not us. Just a tumbleweed passing through timelessness, tipping its tired sweat covered hat to us as it rolls on by...

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