An American Album of Familiar Music (2017 Remastered​/​Expanded Edition)

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about

Ah yes, yet another CLASSIC Orchidales remaster.

Not even gonna lie, the first time this album hit the internet (and whatever CD-R's I could find laying around) in November 2013 it sounded like absolute shit. I was living in DC at the time, strung out and scrambling to release a follow up album, and the end result was not good. Much like the first album, I was around 22 - 23 at the time and didnt know what the hell I was doing (this seems to be a recurring thing)... only difference was, I was now living far from home and being consistently careless about well... pretty much everything. Needless to say, the big city swallowed me AND my little album whole.

To be honest, I couldn't even stand to listen to this record until I started remastering it, which actually proved to be more exhausting than the actual recording process. To make sure everything was done right, I started from scratch (scrapping all of my previously saved "work") and spent a good year or so trying to get everything to sound how I originally intended it to back then. This remastered/expanded edition is the end result.

Its nowhere near perfect, but anyone familiar with the original release will immediately notice a huge difference. Everything is now in Stereo (with the exception of "Through My Window" and the demos, which unfortunately couldn't be altered due to the master copies being on cassette), and that annoying/unnecessary compression has been lifted in order to give the tracks room to breathe.

I tried my damndest to fix some of the muddier basslines by tinkering with the EQ, and fixed the clipping that previously marred some songs to the best of my knowledge. The tracklisting has been rearranged to give the album a better flow, and Yvette (who appears on the cover of the original release) was nice enough to lend another one of her photos to us for updated cover art.

In addition to all that stuff, I've included THREE previously unreleased bonus tracks (hidden, but available upon download). The first is a demo of "Blue Moon" from sometime around Fall 2010, when I was just finding my footing as a musician, and the other two are demos of "Above the Clouds" and "Emily" from the same cassette/time period. If I'm not mistaken, my buddy Sam Mitchell played drums on the latter.

With ALL of that said, I hope you guys enjoy these remasters... whether you're already familiar with the album or just now discovering it. I want to give a big thank you to Lane, and everyone else who got me off my duff and back to working on music. Oh, and of course you guys on bandcamp for listening/downloading. I'm personally a lot happier with this record now, and I hope some of y'all will dig it too.

- John

credits

released June 13, 2017

(Originally released November 5, 2013)

- All songs written by yers truly except for "Electro", written by Dave Sea and originally performed by Dave & The Strange.

- Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 were recorded between February and October 2013 at the Playhouse in Washington, DC. The rest were done back at home in my bedroom between 2010 - 2012.

- All songs were recorded using a Fostex MR-8 (with the exception of Through My Window and the bonus demos... which were done on a Tascam 488 MKII) and mastered using Sony Acid 7. The only thing I used the program for was adjusting the levels of each instrument... no pitch correction, quantization, or any of that bullshit. Enjoy.

John O'Donahue - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Slide Guitar, etc, etc.

Cover photo: Yvette Yser

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Orchidales Belmont, North Carolina

"...three dudes from Belmont who finished high school a few years back and, well, didn't leave. Their surfy, trash-fi translation of Brian Jonestown Massacre well reflects the kind of nihilistic, hard-drinking slumming that takes place among the young and disillusioned - as do their rowdy, equipment failure-plagued live shows." - Corbie Hill, Creative Loafing ... more

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Track Name: Through My Window
I saw a girl, I'd met before
I saw her through my window
Her hair was gold, she walked alone
I saw her through my window

She smiled at me, undoubtedly
I had to let her know
too far to reach, too scared to speak
instead I let her go

I saw a girl, I once longed for
I saw her through my window
and I could see, she was happy
no longer was she alone

alone x4
Track Name: Seventeen
When I was seventeen life was so fun
I never thought I'd live to be twenty one
when I was eighteen I had a sharp tongue
I never thought I'd reap the seeds that I'd sewn

When I was nineteen I started doing drugs
I hung around with some wannabe thugs
I never thought that I would make it this far
but now I'm older, you know I wanna

go back, oh you know I wanna x4

Now I see that those days are long gone
The friends I once had have all but moved on
I never dreamed that I would make it this long
But now I'm older, you know I wanna

go back, oh you know I wanna x4

(Repeat chorus)
Track Name: Electro
I'm alive don't put that death on me
electronica is making me unfree
it's cold and it's slow and it rots away my brain
I think, I think I might just go insane

electro, electro, electro electro

I should've lived in the 1950's
2012 I'm drowning, drowning
I'm gonna shake the walls with my scream
You can have the club and the fake ecstasy
said, you can have the club and the fake ecstasy

you say you're ready to dance
don't even know how to dance
You're only using your hands
Not even breathing with yer dead fish feel in my hands

(repeat chorus)

electro, electro, electro, electro


(Written by Dave Sea/Dave and the Strange)
Track Name: Above The Clouds
Come with me, I'll show you how
I'll take you out on the town
Drink whiskey 'till we run out
Get so high you won't come down

down
down

Come with me, and you will see
How it feels to be free
Your feet won't touch the ground
and you'll be above the clouds

clouds, down

(lead)

clouds, ground
Track Name: Ghost World
I've been nodding out so long that I don't know
Are we bound to stay, or are we free to go?
Nauseated, and I've never felt so low
I planned to leave but never even showed

I'm out of reach, but never out of touch
I won't agree, but can do if I must
I don't see what everyone else does
Hope the reason finds us

I'm an atheist, and proud to let it show
If God exists I pray he doesn't know
My favorite is everything I loathe
I can't forget it, so I let it go
let it go...

(Repeat chorus)
Track Name: Blue Moon
To be young in June
To be free from all
And we drank Blue Moon
'Till the break of dawn

of dawn

sleep all afternoon
And await nightfall
Then we continue
Where we left off

Left off
Track Name: Emily
Emily, she takes you by your hand
Says she wants you to be her man
Then she is gone, before you know

Emily she sends you mixed signals
You wanna know just how she feels
But she is gone, before you know

Gone before you know x2

Emily, you've got her in your hands
But she slips through just like quicksand
and she is gone, before you know

Emily, the guys all adore her
She tells you that you're the one for her
then she is gone, before you know

Gone before you know x2

(Lead)

Gone before you know x2

Emily, you've got her by your side
Don't think you're not like the other guys
Cause she'll be gone, before you know

Emily, you'll swear she's your lover
'till she leaves you for another
and she is gone, before you know

Gone before you know x2

Before you know x4
Track Name: Ophelia
See the way I've tried to
Lead the way, I'll guide you
I love the way it lasts for hours
I love the way you're mine to, mine to lose

Never did want to find out why
You build me up to bleed me dry

It's never your fault babe, I'm always wrong
Whenever you're far away, you're right at home
And I cannot sleep away the nights alone
I'll be just fine
I'll be just fine


See the way that I do
You never even tried to
I love the way it lasts for hours
I love the way you're mine to, mine to lose

Never did want to find out why
You build me up to bleed me dry

It's never your fault babe, I'm always wrong
Whenever you're far away, you're right at home
And I cannot sleep away the nights alone
I'll be just fine
I'll be just fine

(lead)

Mine to, mine to lose

Never did want to find out why
You build me up to bleed me dry

It's never your fault babe, I'm always wrong
Whenever you're far away, you're right at home
And I cannot sleep away the nights alone
I'll be just fine
I'll be just fine
Track Name: No Name #7
Whenever I need to tell you, the words are hard to find
I've spent weeks in this room, searching for all the lines
I don't mind if I lose, it happens all the time
All the time

(I'm) over my head x4


whenever I need to tell you, the words are hard to find
Scratch and bleed, what else to do when you're alone and high
Am I mean, am I rude, or are you more than kind?

(I'm) over my head x4

Whenever I need to tell you, the words are hard to find...