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      May 22, 2019

      Wednesday   9:00 PM

      217 East Houston Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

      with Isaac Gillespie
      Just when you think American roots music should be relegated to the dusty confines of a purists museum itwill surprise you with a paradigm shift. Take MartyOReilly & the Old Soul Orchestra passing throughtradition, the quartet stumbled upon innovation, proving that old souls can be creatively fresh.The Santa Cruz, California-based quartets latest, Stereoscope, out February 9, 2018, marks an evolutionaryleap in a journey of artistic identity, songwriting maturity, band friendship and fiery group synergy.Here, Marty OReilly & the Old Soul Orchestra homed in on their signature cosmic roots aesthetic, brimmingwith cinematic songcraft, impressionistic lyrics, clever arrangements, telepathic ensemble interplay, andsoulfully world-weary vocals. Imagine the delta blues reprised by psychedelic indie rockers.My whole career has been based on better understanding whats real and important in artistry, and what isbull#$%, says Marty. When you weed out all the excess, the little thing that is left is you.Marty OReilly & the Old Soul Orchestra features Marty on electrified resonator guitar and vocals, ChrisLynch on violin and keys, Ben Berry on upright bass, and Matt Goff on drums and percussion. The groupspecializes in roots music with evocative lyrics that are conceptually cryptic, relying on imagery and symbolsto convey emotion. Artistic touchstones for the group include John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, the darklycathartic oeuvre of Tom Waits, and the experimental arrangements of Radiohead.The album represents the maturation of artists shedding hero worship and embracing the creativity within.These new frontiers are characterized by a heartfelt purity in Martys vocals, the tracks unique and richlyexpressive chord structures and progressions, a shift in narrative perspectives to a more observational bend,and emotionally dynamic arrangements that are beautifully arresting, often beginning with sparse simplicityand then reaching lush and fully orchestrated climaxes with sensitive group interplay.The 11-song album opens with Firmament, which eases in with delicately eerie ambience and sparsemusical accompaniment, revealing all the soulful nuances and inflections in Martys voice. The song soarsforward with an impactful arrangement as the full band joins in with rich and varied musicality, including adazzling drum and percussive break and a violin solo as brilliantly fractured as a cubist painting. The albumsthird track, the haunting Ghost, is a swampy ambient blues that uses the phenomena of sleep paralysis asan intriguing metaphor for vulnerability. The standout album single Off and On Again offers sweetyearning for a dtente after a lovers quarrel. Other album highlights include a rendition of Skip James bluesclassic Hard Time Killing Floor with chillingly beautiful new music to accompany the haunting traditionallyrics, and the three stirring, but challenging, instrumentally-driven songs that conclude the album and recallfringe jazz guitarists Bill Frisells evocations of dustbowl Americana with futuristic ambience.Stereoscope is no doubt a milestone entry for Marty OReilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, offering forth thebands most assured and mature release to date. We put our heart and soul into this album, shares Marty.Its the album Ive always wanted to make one that ten years later I can still be proud of. Making it hasmade me feel whole, and brought me a lot of joy.

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