Best Song Ever (This Week): Orcas' "Standard Error"
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM
Orcas—Seattle’s Rafael Anton Irisarri and Portland’s Benoît Pioulard—have a new self-titled album out on Germany’s Morr Music label. Its diaphanous, melancholy electronic-pop impressionism really resonates on those overcast/rainy mornings, of which Seattle just can’t get enough. The highlight for me is “Standard Error,” a paragon of becalmed ambience (think Brian Eno’s Discreet Music and Loscil’s Submers) overlaid with Pioulard’sJesy Fortino's comforting, whispered vox and a single, poignant, watercolor piano tone. “Standard Error” is a beatific sigh of a song, and we can always use more of those in the 21st century.