With a signature sound signified by lockstep rhythms and a deep grasp of soul and funk, Orgōne has built a reputation over the past 2 decades as being one of the tightest, fieriest live bands in the country & a top notch crew in the studio. On their new album Lost Knights, Orgone offer up a collection of heavy-duty psychedelic funk-rock anthems created to be played loud and raucously. The release features lead vocal contributions from Orgōne’s ever expanding extended family of some the finest soulful singers on the West Coast - Terin Ector, Jamie Allensworth, Phil Diamond, with special appearances from Jesse Wagner (The Aggrolites) and Kelly Finnigan (Monophonics). A first of sorts, for the band, in featuring an all male fronted lineup on an album.The tough, punchy, hard hitting production highlights a body of work both “head banging”-ly satisfying and eminently groovy.
Opener Working for Love rolls out the gate with a crunchy drum break and slams into a heavy guitar and bass riff behind Ector’s call to loving arms and irresistible singalong chorus. The rest of the album thunders on with Funkadelic-style guitar and gloriously gritty Hammond organ percolating through timely songs of protest, brotherhood, unity, reverence and loss. Instrumentals Samson and Crusader round out the record, highlighting the trademark Orgone sound; instantly classic and dusty, at times chunky, at times sprawling; always on point.
Lost Knights is ultimately a fun record - an expansion of a profound part of the band’s DNA, their exploration of the cosmic haze.