Friday, November 7, 2014
REVIEW: The Orchids - Beatitude #9
Containing a generous 14 tracks (including the radio sample opener), the album delivers perfectly formed upbeat indie pop songs such as "Something Going On" and "Just A Girl", achingly beautiful gems such as "Felurian's Dream", and "A Perfect Foil", and fine dance grooves in "Someone Like You", The Coolest Thing" and "Today's the Day". And other delightful odds and ends are presented, such as the glitchy "A Way to You", and the moody jangle of "Your Heart Sends Me", which is emerging as one of my favorites of the set. The band's sense for the right combination of textures, the right mix of space and sound, is remarkable, and results in each song having a distinct personality. One can -- and will -- find favorites, but there is no filler here. There are 14 songs because the band had 14 quality songs that fit together -- songs that take you on a pop journey that I find perfect as a soundtrack for a sunny Saturday with time to myself.
You can stream the entirety of Beatitude #9 here. If you don't have time for all of it, stream the second track, "Something Going On", "Someone Like You" and then the video below for "Hey! Sometimes". That will give you a shortened tour of three main styles and the album, and the quality of the writing and execution.
Beatitude #9 is out now via Spanish label Acuarela, and you can find it at the usual digital outlets.