*** FINAL COPIES AVAILABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST: orchiddealer.bandcamp.com/album/soft-reactions-in-the-sun
“The tangibility of humidity.
Approaching, parting of the air in front of you with your hands.
Long stretches of baked concrete, cracking with lush plant overgrowth.
Taking time and admiring the resilience of bushes and trees; in Florida, the sun is present in your lap.
Humidity doesn’t only work in its subtle physical form, it also operates as metaphor for experience while living in Florida. With disparity between air conditioning and an insatiable jealousy by the sun, experiences take on a humid modality. Major cities and the thinkers in them survey creative and social space hauntologically, marking fault lines in change within a feedback loop of the zeitgeist. In Miami, change is more difficult to demarcate as those identifiable changes exist compressed, stacked on top of each other creating endless visual and cultural variables.
Stasis exists seasonally, you sit with one season effectively/affectively all year long. You see the Sun in the new car, the ocean twinkling reflections towards you, thrift stores, shopping malls, old furniture, overpasses, charred skin, you see the sun in faces. You experience them through a low pass filter with an experiential humidity. Serene and perverse, sublime and abject; you are living through this humidity as you learn to sweat.
𝑺𝒐𝒇𝒕 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝑰𝒏 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒖𝒏 is the debut of Orchid Dealer, via enmossed. The LP is filled with this humidity, manifested compositionally, tonally, and emotively. The material exists in a diffuse focus, staring down a scorching street, finding solace in the shadows of a palm tree over a sidewalk. Clean wooden floors and marijuana wafts through rooms where the lights don’t turn on because the windows are wide open, overexposing the scene.
With these recordings Orchid Dealer helps you smell the ocean, gives you a hint of breeze on your shirtless skin, and is the flip-flop clacking against your heel and the ground. You head over a bridge with your hand acting a visor for your eyes, and a bell jingles from a gated glass convenience store door. 𝑺𝒐𝒇𝒕 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝑰𝒏 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒖𝒏 feels like you are in the interstitial space of listening, living, and adapting to humidity, and the Sun. Some music exists to inspire growth and change. Here, Orchid Dealer grants you the privilege of pausing and observing, of radically supplanting yourself in the present.”
Visual artist and sound designer Orchid Dealer, currently based in North Carolina, fuses elements of expressionism and the lush vegetation that surrounded their home in south Florida, creating fever dream-like zones sprinkled with moments from their everyday life.