Orlando Gloom

Orlando Gloom – Sports Men

Long-time readers know well our adoration for Winnipeg sly bedroom popster Dave Shaw aka Orlando Gloom, and today our ears are glued to this infectious Haruomi Hasono cover. “Sports Men” is a delicate, full-of-heart synthpop ballad that is a simple, delightfully sincere concoction, and we’ve already listened to it ten times today.

And our summer tapedeck just gets better with word of a new tape coming from OG! David in the Void is out August 19 and we can’t wait to wear it out. In the meantime, there’s the back catalogue.

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Orlando Gloom – Only Tell Yourself

Winnipeg‘s Dave Shaw has long been one of the best at creating artful, mournful bedroom pop. He recently announced the end of his Glass Random project with a soaring seven-minute goodbye epic, but don’t worry–he’s already prolifically making music as Orlando Gloom. (And we still can’t get over how perfect a name that is!)

“Only Tell Yourself” is about suitably downtrodden subjects: disengagement with present happiness, death, and the emptiness after. It’s all wrapped up in winsome synth countermelodies, and an undeniable amount of charm. If only being sad felt as good as this sounds.

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Orlando Gloom – Nervous Conditions

Feeling sad? Orlando Gloom can relate. The new project, by Winnipeg‘s Dave Shaw (who you may know as Glass Random or Camp David), is a clever and brilliantly executed exploration of negative emotions. In the case of “Nervous Conditions,” fear of being loved, fear of being bored and fear of being wrong. But just as the narrator finds a friend who can help him through, this song’s breezy, upbeat synths and comforting vocal tone can transport your troubles away for a while.

The song and its EP, An Evening with Orlando, are available for pay-what-you-can on Bandcamp.

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