Daniel is from a small town rich with red brick buildings. Emma is from a valley on an island in the sea. They're very pretty and they sing like crazy birds descended into the city from an opera house in a forest in the sky.
Born in 2004, Orillia Opry is the bare-boned sound of rythym driven accoustic guitar, and the un-orchestrated melding of vocals. Orillia Opry is honest, gripping, head-turning business. It is music with young skin and old eyes.
Pandion Haliaetus is Orillia Opry's first album, recorded in montreal in the spring of 2005. The album catches the two key protagonists at their best, and is given extra life with the distinctive touch of Warren Spicer (Plants and Animals, Timber) as both producer and player, and the foot-stomping impetus care of Matthew Woodley on drums.
"Daniel and Emma weave beautiful folk-rock tapestry, together with 60s pop sensibilities that deftly avoid the overly dour trap that so many songwriters of a more advanced age fall into."(Andrew Rose Pop Montreal)
"While the upbeat Silent Films is the song that might jump out at you first (it's the one I've been going on about) with its wonderful wail of a chorus and serious drum lick from the Plants & Animals' Woodman, it's the jangly indie-folk strum of the EP's final song, Lone Dogs Will Roam, that you'll keep coming back for. Now bring us a full-length." (EP review - Brendan Murphy - The Hour)
Emma Baxter Vocals
Daniel Noble Guitar / Vocals
Plants and Animals
Timber (The New Gentleman's Shuffle)