London musician Lim Orion specialises in enchanted ambience
14.09.2020

London musician Lim Orion specialises in enchanted ambience

Photo: Kate Eeles
WORDS BY AUGUSTUS WELBY

Ambient folk artist Lim Orion joins us for the latest episode of the Turning Heads podcast. 

Turning Heads episode #15 features multi-disciplinary artist Lim Orion. Lim Orion is the latest project for Cara Sebastian, who’s also the guitarist and vocalist in London rock band Shade Ray (fka Marine).

Sebastian’s been releasing singles as Lim Orion for the last 18 months, drip feeding music from her upcoming debut album, Cosmic Salt. We’ve heard ‘Hot Flower’, ‘Mirror Mirror’, ‘Stones’ and the latest single, ‘Gold Plated’.

It’s a contrast in sound to Shade Ray, which is a dynamic rock band. Lim’s music retains the band’s penchant for creating atmosphere and space, but removes the robust rhythm section and tendency toward noisy climaxes. Instead, Lim Orion has more of an ambient slant, at times recalling Brian Eno’s work with Daniel Lanois – it’s very textural, intimate and has an organic looseness.

Some of her other influences include Cat Power and Liz Phair, as well as Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, which we speak about in the podcast. We also talk about Sebastian’s commercial aims (or the absence thereof), how the new project differs from Shade Ray, being jealous of the work of your peers and how easily music can alter your mood.

Check out the podcast episode below:

I will be back with a new episode of Turning Heads next week. You can find the podcast on SpotifyPodbean and through Apple.

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