Dynamic pairings are not always obvious. Or logical. Dangermouse and Cee-Lo. Felix and Oscar. Apples and peanut butter. Yet logic need not be a precursor for a union. In fact, what may seem as unusual at first can quickly become the obvious.
So what was the binding element for O+S, the musical collaboration between Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, Art in Manila) and Scalpelist (aka Cedric LeMoyne of Remy Zero)? Location? Friendship? Or perhaps, a mirrored love of music, sprinkled with some good ol’ fashioned timing? What started as a friendship nearly two decades ago in Birmingham, Alabama, has bloomed into an intriguing alliance. “Orenda and I have been friends for 16 years,” LeMoyne offers. “When Remy Zero was just starting and becoming successful in Birmingham, Orenda and her musical partner Maria were a 16-year-old songwriter duo that would just hang around. We quickly recognized a talent in them and knew they would do well.” Many years, projects and experiences later, for both, an opportunity was born from an atypical source and a location far from Birmingham.