Today, Norway’s Orions Belte are sharing their new single Le Mans. The track is available via Oslo, based independent label Jansen Records (Death By Unga Bunga, Chain Wallet, Darling West). Along with the single, the band has released a vido for the song, which is described as “a frenetic, animated music video reminiscent of a Liquid Television short. In other news, the band is playing Oya fest this August, along with Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, and more. Oya takes place August 7-11 in Oslo, Norway.
The band on the video and inspiration for the song:
The video idea came about through our label who uses a great graphic designer. He knew this animation artist, Steph Hope, and she has her own unique style of drawing. She ended up making three videos for us, the first two is a one minute video, which again ends up in a full three minute video for the last song. Le Mans is inspired by cars and resort holidays in the golden age of resort vacations. Since we’re all from the coast of Norway and it’s always freezing cold, we have no idea how it really feels to cruise around in a fast car under the palm trees. So we’re only dreaming, I guess.
Orions Belte play instrumental music inspired by Nigerian 70s rock, postcards from the French Riviera, Formula One races at the Monza track in Italy, and when Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century in 1971.
Band members Øyvind Blomstrøm and Chris Holm mainly make a living out of being on the road with other bands, and theyre almost always traveling from town to town, country to country, and everywhere in between. When their roads crossed for the umpteenth time in 2016, their mutual dream of starting an instrumental project was finally underway. Holms companion from the Bergen scene, Kim Åge Furuhaug, wanted to join in on the fun, and then Orions Belte was born.
Orions Belte debut album, is scheduled to drop this fall. Texas band Khruangbin may be the best comparison as per today, but Orions Belte really belongs in their own galaxy. A galaxy where they are the soundtrack to movies that havent been made yet, where landscapes are colored and where the trio does just what they want to, the way they want to do it. The result is an album filled with songs that fit as easily into street parties in Oslo and London, as they do in private casinos in Paris and night clubs in Lagos. Orions Belte, a small piece of the world from Norway.