Northern pagan folk bard Osi and the Jupiter stream their highly anticipated new mini-album, Appalachia, at heavily trafficked web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. Set for international release on July 31st via Eisenwald on 12″ vinyl and digital formats, hear Osi and the Jupiter‘s Appalachia in its entirety exclusively HERE.
On Appalachia, the enigmatic duo of Sean Kratz (vocals, guitars, synths) and Kakophonix (cello) take us further into the unique landscapes that have been explored by Osi and the Jupiter since their formation in 2015. This time, they draw upon the surroundings of their homelands in eastern Ohio to weave dedications to the Appalachian region to which the title of this three-track EP is dedicated.
In honor of this more personal wellspring of inspiration, Osi and the Jupiter’s sound has evolved from the ambient soundscapes of yore into more direct expressions of yearning. Voice, ambient synth drones, acoustic guitar, and cello underpin these delicate homages to a mysterious, myth-laden region. Kratz’s heartfelt, plaintive vocals speak openly of surroundings that clearly resonate deep within. Gentle strummed melodies support these tales, whilst the ever-inventive cello melodies of Kakophonix reach onwards to distant places as yet unseen.
“They Ride Through the Sky on Horse Drawn Chariots” sets the tone with dramatic swells, leading the listener by the hand into these new realms. “Appalachia” follows, replete with yearning vocals and delicate, countrified picking. “The Binding Will of Mountains” closes this unique collection of songs with a 12-minute journey throughout the myriad soundscapes that Osi and the Jupiter have explored throughout their existence.
This new, exclusive material will be released as great-looking, vintage 12” vinyl (black or sun yellow) in solid jacket, with two posters and CD listening copy included.
In the leadup to its international release this Friday, hear Appalachia in its entirety exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. Also see the previously revealed video for “The Binding Will of Mountains” HERE at Eisenwald‘s official YouTube channel. Preorder/pre-save link can be found HERE. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Osi and the Jupiter’s Appalachia
1. They Ride Through the Skies on Horse Drawn Chariots [5:11]
2. Appalachia [3:59]
3. The Binding Will of Mountains [12:23]