"Get this on vinyl if you can. Listening to it rekindles the feeling I got when I got my paws on the 7” Pictures on My Wall or Blue Boy or Never Understand or Sally Cinnamon. Incendiary's instructions are to play this record ad nauseum."
Firebrand Boy – Orange (Pale Fox records)
Oh how Incendiary loves good singles... singles make a young man's heart beat faster, they really do, and especially when the single in question (this week its Orange from Firebrand Boy kidz) is pressed on orange vinyl. And with a Nevinson "dazzle ships" style cover to add some future-retro glamour too. Bloody hell.
Further palpitations can be garnered from the fact that this is a classic single, as fragile and incandescent as the morning dew. For those looking for comparisons to ponder over it's very reminiscent of classic synth pop (yes, classic Human League style synth pop – direct, open hearted and heartrendingly simple) with a melody that harks back to PCL/Lowlife era New Order, albeit one of that band's more delicate, wistful moments. Wistful is a good word to describe Orange, there's a twist of Sad Lament era Orange Juice in there too (maybe a twist of a long lost Associates home demo) whatever, it also sounds very Scottish, if you catch my drift. I can't believe it's over so quickly, only three minutes.
The CD single comes with two mixes of Orange, which I haven't heard properly yet because I'm too obsessed with the original song. They are mixed by JC909 (dancey in a very solemn Euro way, but the song's "native" qualities pull it triumphantly through) and Sean Kirwin (longer, looser, and more abstract, a la early KLF) respectively. Hope that helps... Vinyl flip-side Three Mile Wish is a jaunty affair with lots of gloopy synthesizer noises; pleasant if a little non-descript.
Still. Get this on vinyl if you can. Listening to it rekindles the feeling I got when I got my paws on the 7" Pictures on My Wall or Blue Boy or Never Understand or Sally Cinnamon. Incendiary's instructions are to play this record ad nauseum.
Words: Richard Foster.