Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Apr 26, 2012
    The preponderance of the material here creates its own world, on its own terms, and beckons you to go inside. And you will.
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    Orcas provides much to engage fans of both Irisarri and Pioulard, as well as lovers of languid, abstracted pop song craft.
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    Orcas at first seems nondescript (and as such works well as background music, if your foreground is, let's say, a wintry gazebo), but it's an album one 'finds' after repeated close listens.
  4. Apr 25, 2012
    Orcas find a space that floats between velvet vocals and Pioulard's field recordings in a time frozen between dreams and a reality beautifully faded by the sun.
  5. Apr 24, 2012
    Meluch and Irisarri have crafted a genuine, coherent album that conjures immense shadows and immense depths worthy of its namesake.
  6. 70
    Orcas, stays in the same zone [gauzy ambient folk], but edges closer to the sublime and harrowing atmospheres more associated with Irisarri.
  7. Apr 24, 2012
    Undeniably beautiful. Aloof, abstract and elegant, it melds ambient expanse with pop form to idyllic, if unassuming effect.
  8. Apr 24, 2012
    An enjoyable creation that, despite its clear roots, has its own logic and general aesthetic.
  9. Under The Radar
    Jul 9, 2012
    It's pleasant, calming sleepy time pop. [Jun 2012, p.158]
  10. 60
    There's a craft to their harmonies, their timbral choices, and even their restraint.
  11. Apr 24, 2012
    While Orcas hits on a heavier emotional level than I'd initially expected, that tendency to drift does endure on repeated listens.

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