Fallen Angels Release Date: June 7 2021
Montreal based singer/songwriter Derek Orsi pushes the boundaries of Alt Rock with his unique blend of melodic hooks, odd time signatures and social satire. His music is an eclectic movement of wild frequencies, drawing inspiration from artists like John Frusciante, Radiohead, Audioslave and Bjork.
Orsiʼs debut LP Fallen Angels will be released in the summer of 2021 and is supported by the single Faire La Fenetre. The record crosses the bridge of indulgence with instrumentation ranging from violas and pianos to distorted guitars and 808s. Fallen Angels was conceived as a studio project between Orsiʼs gigs as a producer but quickly materialized into a powerful living organism.
The journey began in the early 2000s when Orsi jumped onto the music scene as the guitarist for the Nu Metal outfit The Shannon Index. The band released a self-titled EP in 2002 and built a strong grassroots following with radio play in the US and Canada. He later joined forces with Funk Rockers Kamikaze Baby and released an EP with the band in 2006 titled Identity Crisis.
After years on the road as a touring musician, Orsi shifted his focus and opened the Freq Shop recording studio in 2011 with partner Dave Traina. He went on to engineer, mix and produce records for The Damn Truth, We Are Monroe, John Jacob Magistery and Juno nominated artist The Franklin Electric. Orsi also spent time in Los Angeles working under Grammy nominated producer Brandon Friesen in 2018.
He moonlighted for over a decade as an Alt Pop DJ on the Montreal club scene and his unique style landed him several performances at Osheaga's Artist World. These years proved very fruitful in his development as a songwriter/producer.
The onset of the pandemic inspired Orsi to release music he'd written and recorded over the years. He released his first single Crash & Burn in May 2020 and has been building momentum for his LP release ever since.
Music is the language of the soul and Orsi unapologetically strives for honesty, integrity and individuality in all his productions.
A frenetic guitar chord echoes bright, followed by a chirping melodic synth line, heavy bass riff and monolithic drum beat. A man tumbles through a wormhole into an endless void and the sonic atmosphere is gritty and dark. You're now in the realm of the Montreal-based, Derek Orsi, specifically in the orbit of his latest single "The Day He Fell Off The Face Of The World."
"This is a song about escaping the material world and diving into the ethereal world. It's about a person's disinterest in the prison we live in on Earth and looking to move beyond its limited physical construct through love and awareness," Orsi says.
As the man is surrounded by trees with "branches like mechanical arms," the song picks up the pace and explodes into an adrenaline-fuelled chorus reminiscent of something found on an early Smashing Pumpkins record.
But Orsi's orchestration—adding in a wah-wah guitar lead, dulcet vocal harmonies, and wails of anger gives the song a prolific edge.
"The Day He Fell Off The Face Of The World," is a track that will make you nostalgic for the sounds of early grunge and a cosmic reinvention of modern alt-rock.
Orsi wrote the track during a period of his life when he was constantly alone, somewhat of an outsider. He’d wake up late in the afternoon and head to his studio to write, produce and record music deep into the night.
"When the sun peaked its head above the horizon, I'd jump on a bus and go home. Those were the best bus rides," he says. "I'd be on my way home to catch some zzz's while the rest of my commuting peers were heading off to work, getting ready to spend their day as monkeys on a carousel. I always felt like I was in on some kind of secret."
"The Day He Fell Off The Face Of The World," is track 10 on Orsi's upcoming full-length "Fallen Angels", a concept album that feels like the soundtrack to a wicked short film.
"It's a classic post-modern story in that the protagonist challenges the social and political conventions that have been set in place by 'the system,'" Orsi says.
The main character feels alienated, somewhat purposefully, going on a journey of spiritual awakening and discovering a grim truth.
"This story is what the opera crowd likes to call a tragedy."
"Fallen Angels," out June 7, was conceived as a studio project between Orsiʼs gigs as a producer, and quickly materialized into a powerful living organism.
"My experiences, the world I see before me and pure fiction all inspire my writing," Orsi says. "Some of the lyrics are autobiographical but even when they are I make sure Iʼm writing with a universal perspective."