With its warm, vintage sound, ‘Orange’ has the psychedelic ambience of 60s/70s prog and ranges from the calm to the chaotic and the peaceful to the hazy. Diverse in soundscapes and musical edifices, Dark Suns have created an eccentric and eclectic work that is, frankly, remarkable. Combining cosmic organ sounds with brass and the standard instruments of rock, Dark Suns aesthetic is sombre and soothing, a joyous journey through richly complex and multifaceted tunes. The melancholic falls and the sonorous highs are retro in sound and magical in its vintage warmth. There are elements of Gong, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Queen, and every and any other prog band you can name. The time signatures hop, skip and leap in all sorts of directions on a whim, the dynamics and textures shifting in reverent lunacy. The melodic vocals are at times dream-like, with the harmonies and tonsil-tickling falsettos cascading around the polyrhythms and ever-shifting moods. The musicianship is astounding and Dark Suns are masters in song-craft, shaping their knowledge and instrumental capacities to take each tune into always-interesting and always-unpredictable dimensions. Dramatic without being overstated or ostentatious – or at least as prog allows – ‘Orange’ is an album that has to be listened to time and again, and every listen makes for a richer listening experience as the diversity and nuances between and within each track come to the surface. Highly recommended.
Review by Jason Guest
25th Nov 2011
2) Eight Quiet Minutes
5) Not Enough Fingers
7) That Is Why They All Hate You In Hell
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"The musicianship is astounding and Dark Suns are masters in song-craft, shaping their knowledge and instrumental capacities to take each tune into always-interesting and always-unpredictable dimensions."