Freeloader Friday: Allman Brown, Girl Ray & More

Girl-RayWhy, hello Freeloaders! It’s a beautiful fall Friday here in the city and the office is energized. The trees lining Washington Square Park have turned but the park’s live jazz music and street-side halal food is still thriving. Another reason to be excited about today is a new batch of music from your friends at Freeloader Friday! Let’s begin with your playlist.

First on the sonic menu this afternoon is singer/songwriter Allman Brown‘s heartfelt Liz Lawrence duet “Palms.” Everyone knows that Allman‘s got that charming voice, but paired with Liz Lawrence, the love-sick effect is serious. With lyrics like “it’s you holding me together” peppered throughout, “Palms” is an emotional and vulnerable confession. Even in its partially electronic, partially organic instrumentation, the song ropes together impulsive declarations and moody textures in a perfect way. Although “Palms” is only a single at this point we’re looking forward to a full length in the near future.


Welcome, Shane!

shane-dudfieldIntroducing Shane Dudfield, Product Designer, Master Rights 

Hi everyone, my name’s Shane and I’m joining the team as a Product Designer with the Master Rights squad. Prior to The Orchard, I was a Product Designer at YouNow, an interactive livestreaming platform. Before that, I designed touchscreen interfaces for blueberry sorting machines (amongst other things!). Having previously played in bands and produced music as well as having an interest in films, The Orchard was an exciting opportunity to solve complex problems within my fields of interest.


Let Jazz Morley’s Soulful Voice Carry You Away

Jazz-Morley-winter-promoI’m very happy to introduce you to Jazz Morley today, an up-and-coming artist on the U.K. scene which should have everyone’s attention. I’m writing this post while listening to one of my favourite songs by this Bournemouth-based singer songwriter, “Bad Love.” If you never miss a New Music Friday playlist on Spotify, you’ve probably heard “Bad Love” or “Take Me Down” there. Those two tracks perfectly represent Jazz’s attitude towards music: talking feelings in a very personal yet crystal-clear way.


Freeloader Friday: Cloakroom, GUM & More

cloakroom-big-worldWell, that was a pretty wild week, but at least it’s now Friday of that wild week! That means it’s time for our weekly curation of the hottest tracks for your listening pleasure. We have some great jams for you this week, so let’s not waste any time. Here we go!

One of my favorite labels, Relapse Records (I’m sure you’ve heard of them), puts out a sampler every once in a while made up of tracks from recent/upcoming releases. The label’s fall 2016 installment includes tracks from S U R V I V E, The Album Leaf and many more. Amongst these Relapse staples is a track from newly signed shoegaze heavy hitters Cloakroom called “Big World.” Although all of the songs on this sampler are worth a listen, “Big World” is a stand out. It’s a fuzzed out, sludgy yet refined shoegaze killer. No wonder Cloakroom just spent the last couple of months touring with bona fide label brethren NOTHING. Want to hear it? Fortunately, Relapse was generous enough to stream the whole 2016 sampler online, check it out.


What The #&@$ Do You Do, Oleh?!?

Oleh Zaychenko
Senior Manager, Digital Operations
Joined The Orchard in March 2013

We all know that the operations department can get into some pretty sticky stuff. As a higher up in the department, what the #&@$ do you do?!!?
When I was a client manager, I always wondered what the folks in the operations department actually did. As our fearless leader, Jess Payne, likes to say: “We keep the trains running.” Some days, we get to map out a new tunnel and launch a new line and other days we re-route trains and take care of sick passengers.