Exposé Online banner

The Lounge Bar Orchestra — Pilot Episodes
(Fruits de Mer no#, 2020, LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-08-08

Pilot Episodes Cover art

Not one to shy away from oddball music, even if it is not remotely psychedelic, Keith Jones of Fruits de Mer, in partnership with Greg Healy (aka The Lounge Bar Orchestra), has issued an album which has purportedly not seen the light of day in over 40 years, Pilot Episodes. Legend has it that band leader and composer Reg Omeroyd assembled a team of musicians in the 60s to compose and record incidental music and themes for Ousewater Television shows. Then in 1974 Reg took The Lounge Bar Orchestra to a drafty former aircraft hanger and worked 18-hour days to record a host of imagined TV themes that Reg described as his “most forgettable collection of ordinary tunes.” Typically British, these instrumentals never made it across the pond for a good reason — they did not exist until now. So what we have today on this limited edition LP is nine pseudo-TV show themes with names like “Fresh Laundry,” “Inspector Yoohoo Calls,” “Wake up to Craft,” “Miriam and Roger,” “Operation 222,” “The Malvern Detective,” "Queenie of the Desert,” “Untitled End,” and “Brassy Operation 222.” Common across the prog-pop instrumentals are lots of strings and analog keyboards. Some of these odd instrumentals can be quite interesting, such as the dark sleazy lounge music of “Operation 222,” which is remixed with a lot of brass to create a better track, “Brassy Operation 222,” the dreamy and almost Twin Peaks styled “Inspector Yoohoo Calls,” and the sweeping desert vistas of the romantic and cinematic “Queenie of the Desert.” Then there is “Untitled End” that is entirely different from the rest of the album with its dissonant keyboards, brass, and drums. If you are in the mood for something completely different, and allegedly unearthed from the ancient past, then be sure to check out Pilot Episodes.


Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): The Lounge Bar Orchestra

More info
http://theloungebarorchestra.bandcamp.com/album/pilot-episodes-4

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Corrosive Media - Speakeasy – Speakeasy is a maxi-CD single of three techno-house tracks from German duo Benedict Wyneken and Uwe Wienke. Tracks 1 and 3 clock in at just over fibe minutes each while the centerpiece, "Tommy Gun,"...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues