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"The best kept secret"

Review by L. Katz, All Music Guide

It's somewhat surprising that this artist didn't get the same kind of attention as Counting Crows or Matchbox Twenty. With Xenophile, Orleck proves himself to be gifted songwriter with a fine sense of melody and a very accessible all-American rock sound. Orleck sounds much like Adam Duritz, lead singer of the Crows, or even like Pat Monahan during his Drops of Jupiter days. This is particularly interesting because Xenophile was released two years before Train's AA effort stormed the charts. Not surprisingly, Orleck's music received the most attention from college students and alt-rock fans. The most popular (and coincidentally most radio-friendly) song is probably "Interstellar Radio," but "Rte. 69" is rather arresting thanks to its raw emotion and great chorus. "Generically Uncool" comes as a bit of a surprise -- it starts off in blink-182 territory before unwinding into a generic guitar rock tangle. By contrast, "Trip Daisy Trip" is a lilting, sentimental alt-rock ballad that could appeal to just about any age group. - All Music Guide


Orleck: Gray Suburban Day



Inspiration and motivation are found in those moments in life when you finally feel free or “unstuck” and ready to move on to new challenges.

They are also found in Orleck’s new CD, Gray Suburban Day produced by Anthony J. Resta (Collective Soul, Duran, Duran, Shawn Mullins.) Orleck reflects on his long road to musical salvation. “It’s definitely tested my patience, but it’s always been in my heart. I think that’s what sustained me, especially through some of the tough times. But now that things are starting to click, especially here in New York, where people have really seemed to embrace both me and this style of music, I’m very excited about the future.”

Focused on the goal of moving you forward in life by interrupting your bad habits, Orleck gives us true insight into the traps we fall in and what we should be looking for. The songs, emotionally charged and vividly descriptive, paired with Orleck’s powerful, yet at times, hauntingly tender voice, sets the sonic landscape for these telling crossroads.

In the featured song, Touch, he reminds us of the mistake we all make of going back to relationships that were anything but good for us. Instead of getting away from them and moving on in life, we somehow feel we failed and keep trying to
fix them.

Instead of spending our time and energy in the wrong relationships, we need to focus on the right ones. In the song, Open, he reminds us of the value of the person who believes in our vision for ourselves even when it seems like we have nothing to offer them. While it is rare to find a person who wants to inspire and help us accomplish what we want, we need to build upon those relationships and become a source of motivation for them as well.

While it can be difficult to find the right person, we seem to find a whole other generation of the wrong ones once we start to follow what we are supposed to do and become successful. It’s Not Here reminds us that all sorts of people become attracted to us because of the money they can spend or the material objects they feel they can get from us.

Life is based upon relationships. As you know, some are good and some are bad. For you to become who you really are, the desire and vision has to come from you. Orleck’s Gray Suburban Day is a chronicle of that vision.