Listening to Dark Around the Eyes, the new single from UK quartet Orange Vision, is like delving into a treasure trove of sounds from the past five decades or so. It is a kaleidoscope of flavours bred from sixties psych rock, seventies post punk, eighties new wave/shoegaze, and twenty first century imagination, and one delicious temptation revealing why there is a hoo-hah brewing up around the band.
It was almost two years to the day that Oxford hailing Orange Vision emerged from the creative bonding of vocalist/guitarist Edmund Quigley and lead guitarist Matthew Holford. Finding a mutual “love of clothes, music and a generally delinquent approach to their depressing surroundings and sapped music scene”, the pair formed the band with its line-up subsequently completed by the addition of bassist Daniel Jones, and drummer/backing vocalist Jacob Mott. The past year has seen Orange Vision impressively support Superfood and Honeyblood on the NME New Breed Tour, earn strong radio attention from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and more recently release the acclaimed How You Feel single. There is a certain feel going round that this is a band going somewhere, especially after Dark Around the Eyes works its compelling charm.
A stroke of jangly guitar is an instant lure, one quickly joined by more stringed bait and bass seduction speared by crisp and equally tempting beats. As soon as the sultry tang of melody breaks out persuasion is in full and relentless flow. The song’s early smouldering acidic charm is soon hugged by rumbling rhythms and spicy enterprise which is almost XTC entangled in Echo and The Bunneymen further embraced in Pulp meets The Cure honesty and pop alchemy. A relentless breeze of sparkling hooks, dark rhythms, and dourly tantalising vocal adventure entangle ears and imagination but all the time a host of other gripping twists and inventive essences enthral within the bewitching mix; a sixties pop shimmer of guitar just one irresistible element in the glorious infestation of dark pop.
Dark Around the Eyes is one half of the new double A-sided single from Orange Vision. Sadly we were not sent Wish You were Orange over to cover too, but if it is half as potent as its companion and the band’s other songs released to date, then it too will be part of possibly the best pop song unleashed this year.
Dark Around the Eyes/ Wish You were Orange is available from August 31st
Pete RingMaster 31/08/2015
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