BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
This second, self-titled album by this unlikely duo — their first, under the name Pronto, was released in 2008 — offers a varied tapestry of synthesized melodies, some with vocals, but most of them without. Sounding at times like a movie soundtrack devoid of an actual footage, it’s mostly a celebratory set, filled with all kinds of audio imagery and not unlike the works of Wendy Carlos, Herbie Hancock and Tomita. Jorgensen (of Wilco) and O’Keefe began working on the album three years ago but subsequently decided to shelve it until Jorgensen opted to overdub the original instrumentation entirely with keyboards.
The resulting collection of percolating beats, celestial sounds and synthesized soundscapes manages to capture a variety of moods, adding a surprisingly light-hearted feel to what might otherwise have been deemed an austere environment. A grand, widescreen epic like “Armz” grabs attention and shows their motives, but it takes a rollicking number such as “Don’t Wait” and the triumphant tones of “Esartee” to really get things rolling, so that by the time they reach “Bizdev” their playful purposes become obvious. All in all, the pair provides an interesting diversion but really no reason to leave their day jobs behind.
DOWNLOAD: “Don’t Wait,” “Armz,” “Esartee”