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Album release: 'Mint' by Orions Belte
Release date: September 2018
Label: Jansen Records
More info: Band website

Orions Belte have just released their brilliant first single 'Le Mans' via Jansen Records. It comes as an exciting preview to their debut album 'Mint' that is due out in September 2018.

Listen to 'Le Mans' via Spotify or via Soundcloud

Is it blues? Is it world music? Is it underground pop? You can choose whichever you want, it’s not important for Orions Belte. The band play instrumental music inspired by "Nigerian 70s rock, postcards from the French riviera, Formula One races at the Monza track in Italy, and when Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in the ‘Fight of the Century’ in 1971". You could say their influences are "eclectic".

Øyvind Blomstrøm and Chris Holm mainly live on the road with other bands, and they’re almost always traveling from town to town, country to country. When their roads crossed for the umpteenth time in 2016, their mutual dream of starting an instrumental project together was finally underway. Holm’s companion from the Bergen scene, Kim Åge Furuhaug, wanted to join in on the fun, and then Orions Belte was born. 

Their debut album 'Mint' is founded on old traditions but still feels new, and you’ll have to look for a long time to find anything like it. Texas band Khruangbin may be the best comparison as per today, but Orions Belte really belong in their own galaxy. A galaxy where they are the soundtrack to movies that haven’t been made yet, where landscapes are coloured and where the trio are doing just what they want to, in the way they want to do it. 

The result is 'Mint', an album filled with songs that fit as easily into street parties in Oslo and London, as in private casinos in Paris and night clubs in Lagos. Orions Belte, a small piece of the world - from Norway.

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