orbé orbé, ‘Invisible Kingdoms’ (self-released)
Cristina Orbé describes her music as “celestial pop.” Indeed, the Seattle singer-songwriter’s blend of indie pop, electronic music and neo-soul is dreamy, ethereal and almost otherworldly.
The nine original songs on her band orbé orbé’s new album, “Invisible Kingdoms,” range from the deep-burning soul of “Let Me In” to the irresistible pop of “Winner.” Electronic sounds are balanced with delicate acoustic instrumentation. Orbé’s salted caramel vocals express lyrics that are deeply personal.
Since moving to Seattle in 2001, the New York native has created a music career almost from scratch, eventually singing on songs by such Northwest hip-hop artists as Gabriel Teodros, Common Market, Abyssinian Creole and Moka Only. She also led the local band Forgotten Sol, which played Bumbershoot, and released a solo acoustic album, “Sway.”
“Invisible Kingdoms” is a collaboration with producer and engineer Jahon Mikal built on a shared, sometimes mystical vision of life and love. Orbé has described each song as a chapter in an emotional journey.
In “Circus Star,” love is like a dizzying trapeze ride. “Lady Bug,” featuring bells, harps, ukuleles and gentle vocals, is alternately liberating and confining. “Parasol” is an intoxicating romantic ride, interspersed with calliope sounds.
Led by the sultry, hook-laden song, “Winner,” “Invisible Kingdoms” will likely increase Orbé’s visibility on the Northwest scene.
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Brett Dennen, “Smoke and Mirrors” (Atlantic/ADA)
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