Above Orange from Malmö in Sweden is the alt indie quintet of Arvid Öberg, Axel Lindbäck, David Scholander, Oscar Kangro and Alexandra Manhammar.
The material Above Orange delivers seems to emerge from a rising mist in a shrouded wood as the plaintiff vocal steeped in anguish is accompanied by instruments which fade in out out of earshot. Their six track debut EP Unreal City which is released on the 6th December is twenty one minutes of gorgeous music that makes Leonard Cohen seem like a Birthday Party singer.
Heavily influenced by another country of wide spaces – Canada, I guess this is what happens when Canada and Scandinavia get together and I for one wish there was much more of it about. Tracks are slowed to a funereal pace and the listener is given an experience in sensory angst. High pitched guitar notes spike eerily through the atmospheric melancholic backdrop and the audience becomes drawn into the unfolding storyline as Above Orange proffer an emotional tremulous exposé.
Best perhaps not to invest time listening with a packet of razorblades to hand and a deep depression, else as the saying goes, this is music to die for, may become more than a cliché. If you enjoy music with a strong emotional context, there is little better around and I most certainly look forward to hearing more of Above Orange.
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