Despite all the musicians he has played with live or the albums he has collaborated on in a studio, Adrian Orange
(best known for his work as Thanksgiving) remains deep down, a solo artist. Thanksgiving songs—no matter if other musicians are playing steel drums or piano on the track—share similar traits: A narrative lyrical structure, Orange's deep and steady vocals, and a meandering guitar.
Orange's collaboration and long time friendship with Ancacortes, Wa.-based musician Phil Elverum
, who now performs as Mount Eerie but is best known as the Microphones, definitely effects his music. And in a good way. Back in 2004, when Elverum started his label PW Elverum and Sun, he released Thanksgiving's third album, Welcome Nowhere
. With Elverum's
production (which can also be found on Adrian Orange and Her Band's latest self-titled release on K Records
) Thanksgiving's normally stripped down folk music takes on new textures. On the track “Home Alone,” quiet steel drums and low vocals round out the song.
There's a reason why the first pressing of Welcome Nowhere
sold out and became a common E-Bay item, prompting PW Elverum and Suns to re-release it this year: Elverum's presence takes Orange's music further, pushing the limits to make Thanksgiving more than just a boy with a guitar.
Adrian Orange performs with his latest musical incarnation, Adrian Orange and Her Band at the Artistery at 8 pm on Friday, Sept. 21.
PW Elverum and Sun
Thanksgiving at Marriage Records
Adrian Orange and Her Band on Myspace
Adrian Orange's K Records profile
Picture taken from Thanksgiving's fan-site Myspace.