The Orange Revival make psychedelic, droning blues rock. Futurecent is a slab of acid-soaked fuzz, buzz and thump that recalls The Stooges and Brian Jonestown Massacre. To add more authenticity to their sound Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 and Spectrum remixed the single Saturation which preceded the release of the album.
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“Revival” is probably the right word, yes. With numbing psych that scrapes through the murky depths and then stagnates there like the Brian Jonestown Massacre having a long lunch, and a vocalist that sounds something like a snarking Blank Realm fan, the Orange Revival are making the heavy stuff -- the kind of psych that wears you down. Everything feels a li’l bit haphazard, so wear your hardhats and earbuds: the synths are sharp and piercing amidst short, abrupt melodies that repeat until they feel like concrete slabs. On ‘Futurecent’, the Revival are also as lethargic as Spacemen 3. A heady combo, is all this.
There’s a nice reverence for the old school on ‘Futurecent’ that makes it ever so slightly dynamic: “Lying In The Sand” bounces from its unwavering verse to a change-up melody that sounds hard-won, with occasional riffs littering the streets -- it’s as hard for this band to move things into place as a doom metal band, so the catharsis is felt doubly when they do. Cries of “good vibrations” are in vain: this is a sludgy psych slog at whatever pace, and that’s the way it should be -- the nimble riffs on “Speed” are ultimately subject to a steadfast drumbeat that never quite lets up. Get lost in this one: the structure is sturdy.
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