oRSo
sweet like candy and burnt like peanuts - that's oRSo. from the fevered imagination of phil spirito whose previous band rex defined the slowcore movement come the following gems....

oRSo
my dreams are back and they are better then ever

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Here's the latest from oRSo ....with a blend of appalachian chamber music and ethnic folk styles, Phil Spirito quietly creates a mood of lonely, contented melancholia. His unique melodically rhythmic banjo and guitar playing are enhanced by viola, breathy sax and thumping double bass. The interweaving melodies of the quartet and his gentle singing voice produce a comforting bed of sound. This group has wrapped up the very best of oRSo and eased it into a nice warm bath.

credits 
phil spirito - tenor guitar & tenor banjo
carlo cennam - alto saxophone
julie liu - violin and viola
griffin rodriguez - double bass

with
doug scharin - drums
matt schneider - guitar
josh larue - guitar
track listing
wedding song - blind date - oh look singing i can watch this -
hartz of darkness - everymans blues - loaded for bear - milanesa
one - is christmas tomorrow - milanesa two - old times - crown 
point - stick your neck out
oRSo
long tiime by

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the pit band of the circus circuit has emerged.  having mastered the underbelly of carny rock on their self-titled debut, oRSo advances through added layers of melody and harmony creating a record of unexpected depth and beauty.  phil spirito tells tales of horse racing, low level mobsters, lady pyromaniacs, bull riding truck drivers and tiny ghost horses. banjo, oil can, pianos and tenor guitars merge with electronic trickery to bring about this beautiful collection of vocal and instrumental yarns.  long time by takes a giant step forward in oRSo's evolution from worldly bum to tender-hearted hustler. (2000)

credits
phil spirito
(loftus, out in worship) - tenor guitars, banjo, vocals, lyrics, - gillian lisee (fruit bats, califone) - keyboards, guitars, banjo, vocals, julie liu (out in worship) - viola, ben massarella (califone, loftus, drumhead) - drums, percussion, brian deck (califone, loftus) - electronics, remixing, percussion, guitars. w/ tim rutili (califone, loftus) - guitars, piano, vocals, duke lee - duketronics - - kelly mccracken - cello

track listing
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wizcaphonia - mavis - conference room - third - MaMa - slight return - LF - alex's apartment - logs #1 - well - mechanical - box wolf - mini ghost horse - trailfire - spokane - circle R


oRSo
oRSo
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oRSo's debut of fermenting farmyard witchcraft. chinese hillbilly sicilian banjo and twisted circus music. concocted by phil spirito & produced by brian deck. recorded at the oak house during weeks of musical, chemical and culinary decadence. delicious....nice work....filthy. (1999)

credits
phil spirito (loftus, out in worship, rex), julie liu (out in worship, rex), brian deck (califone, loftus), ben massarella (califone, loftus, drumhead). w/ tim rutili (califone, loftus), tim hurley (sin ropas, loftus, califone), gary shepers (devil in a woodpile) & the ghost of bundy k brown.

recorded & mixed at clava studio by brian deck
track listing
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3 chimneys all different - random butter - farmer was a paranoid man - for lack of better words - tea eggs - stretch your money - rudra vina - burial at sea - spider's house - madagascar - tongue and voice - fireman's cough - cold rest - bubble lady

 

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