The new indie pop single, “Former Lorry Driver” from Parisian group, Orouni, tells the story of Phillip Collins, a man who survived a cancer scare after being told he only had six months to live. Songwriter, Rémi Antoni, stumbled across his story in several French publications and became fascinated by the whirlwind of Collins’ life. “Former Lorry Driver” experiments with tonal and lyrical shifts to symbolize the headspace of Collins as he experiences the commotion of life, potential death, and then life again. The single is out now on December Square. It will be available on the upcoming album, Partitions (due out April 19).
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“Former Lorry Driver” mirrors the sporadic circumstances in which Phillip Collins’ life plays out right before his eyes. Antoni dives inside the character’s head and employs a balance of lyrical and musical composition to exemplify the madness. After a cancer diagnosis leaves him with only six months to live, Collins quit his job and spent all of his money, only to be told by the doctors there had been a mistake. Collins was then left to pick up the pieces of his impulsive behavior and the effects of taking multiple drugs to help his supposed illness, leaving him wrecked.
Multiple vocal performances act out the different phases of Collins’ conscious. Antoni sings in a powerful key, representing the control Collins had over his own life to live it to the fullest in his final moments. On the other end, singer Sofia Bolt sings a deeper, more jazz-inspired part to represent the ultimate sadness that comes with leaving loved ones behind. Heavy drums and a sprightly, buzzing keyboard accompany the vocals to create a whimsical unpredictability, further foreshadowing the mind-boggling plot twist the story takes.
Recorded at Tropicalia Studio in Paris, the thirteen songs that make up Orouni’s album, Partitions, are partnered with visual representations of color. Rémi Antoni, Orouni’s songwriter and composer, perceives colors when he plays chords because of a phenomenon called synaesthesia. This phenomenon is especially prevalent on the single, “Former Lorry Driver”. Each chord is associated with a single hue, which remains identical throughout the entire record. The record is based on the idea of dissociation represented in various forms: inversion, shifts, confrontation, duality, alter-egos, escape, and recomposition. In musical terms, this game of separating melody, harmony, structure, musician, and instrument isn’t self-evident to all, but neither was the record specifically geared towards the ears of musical analysts. The main goal of Partitions is to offer pop songs to its listeners. For this phenomenon to be experienced by anyone who listens to the album, Antoni created chromatic diagrams for each song. The root “chroma” designates a color for each song’s chord. The diagram for “Former Lorry Driver” can be seen below.
Partitions Track Listing
Former Lorry Driver
The Lives Of Elevators
Charles And Sylvester
No News Is Bad News
Suppression Of Local Control
I Was A Paratrooper
Son Of Mystery (bonus CD track)