OrangeG is a multi-instrumentalist based in Pittsburgh, PA (USA). His music blurs the lines between indie rock, folk, blues and americana, with gasoline-fueled vocals and self-reflective themes. OrangeG first started releasing music in the pandemic, honing his performances at the Hambones Virtual Open Mic. At the behest of one of the organizers, he started a social media account and bandcamp page in the summer of 2020. This move awakened his love of performing, home recording, and sharing his music with the world.
He has collaborated with several artists across the globe, lending harmonica, vocals and banjo parts to multiple songs and albums.
His album ‘The Void Bereft’ will be out 14th October. A pre-save link is available here.
How would you describe the album?
“The album spans a wide range of genres…it opens with the cinematically pensive ‘Proximity Temporary’, a song about the rise and fall of friendships. The toe-tapping grooves of ‘Do You’ and ‘Burn Both Ends’ encourage the listener to think positively and engage in self-care. Steel guitars lend world-weary moods to ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Outpost’ which address feelings of stagnation and loneliness, respectively. The album culminates in a halting climax with ‘Parting Gift’ whose concluding silence leaves the listener feeling the void in its absence of sound.”
What are your favourite memories of writing or recording the album?
“When recording my song ‘The Final Word’, my dog Murphy whimpered at me at the very end of one of my takes. He was so anxious that he could not come join me in the studio space. I tried to soothe his anxiety with some sweet doting words that ended up in the take. It is such a tender moment, that I left it in at the end of that song.”
What message do you hope your music sends to listeners? What do you hope they can take away from your songs?
“To know a void, one must first appreciate a presence, be it friendship, beloved spaces, self-empowerment, or even time itself. The coming and going of these aspects of life compose a journey that must be processed by each and every one of us. I hope that hearing these songs makes the listener’s journey of self discovery and improvement just a little easier. Or at least more comforted by knowing that you are not alone!”