Apr 06 2011

White Orange – And This Is Why I Speak To You In Parables 12″

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White Orange - And This Is Why I Speak To You In Parables 12"

White Orange
…And This Is Why I Speak To You In Para­bles 12
Made In China; 2011

The strength of this two-​song 12” pic­ture disc rests first in the for­mat­ting and then in its high pro­duc­tion qual­ity. Notice that I didn’t say quan­tity, as this project is truly a study in restraint, espe­cially when com­pared to the end­less noodling of most psych-​prog bands. What White Orange brings to the table is the sort of epic, ‘70s-​influenced blues rock that fans of Deep Pur­ple and Mastodon will cer­tainly enjoy, but they have done so with great focus and artis­tic integrity. Specif­i­cally, the group has brought its impres­sive tal­ent to bear on both the music and the pack­ag­ing for this slab of wax. …And This Is Why I Speak To You In Para­bles is recorded to heavy-​duty 180-​gram vinyl, and is then fes­tooned with intri­cate art­work on both sides of the record that is enchant­i­ngly creepy and trippy, com­plete with the sort of pagan-​inspired imagery that is a delib­er­ate homage to the group’s styl­is­tic fore­bears.

While the A-​side does clock in at just over thir­teen min­utes, as my friend Bob Ham declares, it’s a jour­ney that’s well worth your efforts. A sin­gu­larly strong riff anchors this glo­ri­ous stomp of a track, and it allows the lead gui­tar to wail and explore scales at length, while pro­vid­ing the melodic space for the bass and drums to work their own magic.

The B-​side, enti­tled “Mid­dle Of The Rid­dle,” is a five-​minute, trun­cated ver­sion of the A-​side, as it boils down the extended ver­sion down to its pri­mal, rock­ing essence. The extra­ne­ous filler – the vocal sam­ples, lengthy intro pas­sage, and the spacier sec­tions – have been removed, and what remains is a rel­a­tively lean prog rock track that would prob­a­bly have been very well received on radio sta­tions back in the ‘70s.

Yet, for all of the musi­cal majesty on dis­play, I found myself smil­ing every time the song’s lyri­cal tagline – “Some­times less is more” – was sung. Indeed, White Orange has pre­sented a cogent case for the power of the vinyl sin­gle: give me your best song, and give it to me in a for­mat where I can lis­ten to it over and over again to max­i­mum effect. While I am curi­ous as to how this song will fit into the large pic­ture that is the band’s upcom­ing 2011 full-​length, …And This Is Why I Speak To You In Para­bles presents a boom­ing song that serves as a wel­come intro­duc­tion to any­one inter­ested in the mis­un­der­stood genre that is prog rock.

White Orange
…And This Is Why I Speak To You In Parables 12”
Made In China; 2011

The strength of this two-song 12” picture disc rests first in the formatting and then in its high production quality. Notice that I didn’t say quantity, as this project is truly a study in restraint, especially when compared to the endless noodling of most psych-prog bands. What White Orange brings to the table is the sort of epic, ‘70s-influenced blues rock that fans of Deep Purple and Mastodon will certainly enjoy, but they have done so with great focus and artistic integrity. Specifically, the group has brought its impressive talent to bear on both the music and the packaging for this slab of wax. …And This Is Why I Speak To You In Parables is recorded to heavy-duty 180-gram vinyl, and is then festooned with intricate artwork on both sides of the record that is enchantingly creepy and trippy, complete with the sort of pagan-inspired imagery that is a deliberate homage to the group’s stylistic forebears.

While the A-side does clock in at just over thirteen minutes, as my friend Bob Ham declares, it’s a journey that’s well worth your efforts. A singularly strong riff anchors this glorious stomp of a track, and it allows the lead guitar to wail and explore scales at length, while providing the melodic space for the bass and drums to work their own magic.

The B-side, entitled “Middle Of The Riddle,” is a five-minute, truncated version of the A-side, as it boils down the extended version down to its primal, rocking essence. The extraneous filler – the vocal samples, lengthy intro passage, and the spacier sections – have been removed, and what remains is a relatively lean prog rock track that would probably have been very well received on radio stations back in the ‘70s.

Yet, for all of the musical majesty on display, I found myself smiling every time the song’s lyrical tagline – “Sometimes less is more” – was sung. Indeed, White Orange has presented a cogent case for the power of the vinyl single: give me your best song, and give it to me in a format where I can listen to it over and over again to maximum effect. While I am curious as to how this song will fit into the large picture that is the band’s upcoming 2011 full-length, …And This Is Why I Speak To You In Parables presents a booming song that serves as a welcome introduction to anyone interested in the misunderstood genre that is prog rock.

2 Responses to “White Orange – And This Is Why I Speak To You In Parables 12″

  1. Kay McGaha says:

    I was lucky enough to experience this band at a hole in the wall in Portland. I was impressed with the band’s interaction and skill. When the set started there was a mere ten souls in the room, after the first innovative song, I turned around & found 150 had packed the house. They were hypnotic. From the balls to the walls aggressive drummer, two bass players who invoke charm as well as talent & a singer who read the crowd and kept them begging for more. Can’t wait to hear what they do next.

    • kaytea mcintosh says:

      hey kay…. i can make sure you get their new album… its done.. they will have a cd release show in portland too! how do i find you to fill you in

      xo kaytea

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