Wake

Oracle

Wake

Although the Portland outfit operates the usual laptop plus gizmo boxes inperformance, they can allow the music to expand or contract dependingon the evening's mood with the addition of live instrumentation andvocals, lending distinctly human elements to what would otherwise be aseamless sonic machine. Originally a brother/sister duo(siblings Michael and Orianna Herrman) that trafficked in lush vocalarrangements ladled over spare guitar work, the addition of notedPortland producer Keith Schreiner paved the way for a big jump forward in the layered richness and sheer depth of Oracle's sound. Hiredas a producer for the band's second CD, Schreiner, formerly of Dahliaas well as numerous sideman gigs, liked what he heard so much in the middle of the project, he decided to sign on for keeps. It wasn't the first time he'd encountered Orianna. "I had auditioned Orianna when I was looking for a singer for what eventually became Dahlia, and I was blown away with her expressiveness until I found out her(then-minor) age, which would've been a nightmare for booking purposes," Schreiner recalls. Fast forward a few years, and when the producer was brought on board to interpret the duo's sound, he found himself intrigued by the possibilities. "While the producer is never any better than the song he's working with, things just started to click when they handed me the keys and trusted that I'd drive the car right." written by Cral Schultz from the oregonian

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