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Tim Gamache, LittleBoyBigHeadOnBike, Toledo


Orchard’s 100th record, Big Blue Butterflies is a story of the painful transformation from child to adult, fantasy to reality, and the limbo in the middle – all within the context of chaotic America in 2018. Big Blue Butterflies touches upon the beautifully inconstant arrangements of artists like Alex G or Sparklehorse, while echoing the songwriting of Neil Young and Bill Mallonee. Starting with the story of a person preserved as a Statue in their true love’s garden, the record traverses different settings like a children’s story – and ends in a place of loss, peace, and acceptance.


Here is a relatively endearing story: Ten years ago Daniel and Jordan of Toledo were 12 years old, separately busking in a small port town in north east Massachusetts and rather than compete with one another, they joined forces. Adorable of course but what has resulted from that preteen meeting is a musical chemistry that is clearly forged through day after day, year after year collaboration now expressed in their underground indie folk band Toledo. 

There is an underlying DIY esthetic that can be overshadowed by the blatant talent of the band. There is a relate-ablity in the lyrics that doesn’t give one the sense that their debut effort is actually a concept album analyzing the origins of mythological characters such as Hesperus, St. Sebastian, and Polyhymnia.

Daniel and Jordan’s dynamic and impressive vocals, difficult to tell apart from the years of honing their craft together; emote without effort. Toledo delivers satisfying yet surprising melodic and lyrical choices that draw from influences ranging from Radio Head and Real Estate to Nick Drake and Feist. These early 20’s multi instrumentalist have proven with their at times dreamy and sometimes raucous debut album that they are ready to ascend from the street to the stage.

Tim Gamache

Each album Tim Gamache has released is a new chapter traveling deep into the past of a misled romantic. Though Gamache's music spans many genres, including rock, pop, country, and folk, the songs are united by their simplicity and honesty in addition to their narrative connection. Though Gamache uses many vocal timbres in his music, he has been compared to artists like Tor Miller, Nick Drake, and Langhorne Slim. He is currently promoting his newest album, Too Many Words, which tells the story of overcoming abandonment by transforming indie folk/rock music into something African inspired-- all drenched in a lofi glaze.

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