The Winston Giles Orchestra – Magnificent Beautiful Day
Remember The Flaming Lips, Lemon Jelly or Pink Floyd? If so, you’ll feel like you already know The Winston Giles Orchestra. They take an indie rock/post-punk approach for their music, but they’re mostly known for their multi-layered psychedelic arrangements, spacey lyrics, and quirky song titles. Their sound is usually described as a fusion of downtempo, electronica, psychedelic, and rock with tons of ambient influences.
Both Magnificent Beautiful Day and the Winston Giles Orchestra’s second album, Soundtracks To Sunrise are perfect soundtracks for the content creator.
The Winston Giles Orchestra got our attention because they record music in many styles and moods. While the music is electronic, touches of dance and trip hop can be heard here and there. It tends to remind us of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin…and has a big ’70’s rock vibe. Their music would fit a wide variety of productions for film, TV, corporate, or branded content.
Winston Giles Orchestra has been used for corporate branded ID projects, videos, and Flash animations, but could also be used for TV or film—anything calling for psychedelic retro feel.
Live, the band consists of Winston Giles on guitars and vocals, and Dorian West on Horns/Keyboards/Beats. Concerts also feature theatrical surprises and amazing performers making up the colorful shows. Since the release of the debut album “Soundtracks for Sunrise” in December of 2004, Australia’s The Winston Giles Orchestra have been presenting a new and unique sound that has permeated through to fans of all styles of music.
Ambient? Lounge? Chill-out? Downtempo?Psy-Trance?Electronic? Psychedelic? Rock? The sound of The Winston Giles Orchestra illuminates all these styles with its electronic approach and the use of fresh beats and samples, but also creates something very real and genuine by featuring real instrumentation from melodic guitars and synths to brass and woodwind.
The orchestra sound is filled with many different sounds and varying moods. Whilst the presence of beats and the influences of dance music lays a modern bed to the sound, familiar licks of rock and guitar based bands such as Pink Floyd and even Led Zeppelin present themselves, but are not obvious, rather woven into the modern electronic canvas.
Concerts by The Winston Giles Orchestra are equally as intriguing as the music.
In 2006 the band went on their first overseas tour, performing at festivals and clubs across the UK and The USA. The band garnered much radio play overseas including BBC radio one in the UK and much college radio play in the USA including KCRW in Los Angeles.
The WGO have been performing at Australia’s clubs and festivals over the 2006/2007 summer, including shows in Federation Square in Melbourne and The “Kiss My Grass” festival at The Music Bowl In Melbourne, also festivals including the “Playground Weekender” Festival in Sydney and The “Maitreya” festival in Victoria.
The band’s first two albums will be released overseas in 2007, with “Soundtracks for Sunrise” due for release on UK label—3 Beat—in July, with plans to tour UK, Europe and USA again in 2007.
Work on the third album has begun, with Winston working with DJ’s and producers Derek K, Todd Watson and C.J. Dolan. The new album “From Dusk to Decadence” presents a change in direction and is a darker and more rocky but still dancefloor/upbeat album and will be released August 2007.
The Winston Giles Orchestra is a unique and very special Australian musical experience.