Ex­per­i­men­tal math-pop bears fruit

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Lis­ten­ing to Or­chards is like a car­toon space trip through a candy galaxy. On the likes of Dar­ling, Luv U 2 and Dou­ble Vi­sion, the Brighton band have all but mas­tered the bal­ance be­tween ir­re­sistible pop and math-rock in­trigue. “I love the way a sim­ple note pro­gres­sion, cou­pled with a clean and tight de­lay can cre­ate this big sound, al­most like a syn­the­siser,” says the band’s lynch­pin gui­tarist Sam Rush­ton. “[I wanted to] go fur­ther down that rab­bit hole.” The re­sult is a fruity, synth-like tone with a kick – a sonic piña co­lada, if you will. “I can’t just rely on one trick,” ex­plains Sam. “It’s a com­bi­na­tion of mak­ing sure that I’m still play­ing some­thing melodic that works with the song yet still cre­at­ing enough ‘noise’. I hate it when bands just stick a shit-ton of re­verb on. There’s more to sound­ing big than that!”

For fans of Mylets, Real Terms Gear Fen­der Off­set Mus­tang, POG,

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