Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Apple Orchard - A Month of Spring (Haymarket Records)

Another single with the word 'month' in the title must mean it's nearly summer, and so what you'd normally expect from Apple Orchard are some prime late-Sarah sounds. But not this time around. This time, they've dived head first into some wonderful shoegaze that reminds me of buying and listening to those first few Ride eps. And for a while, that band were my life.

High praise from me, then for this blistering single, which is full of hazy harmonies against a background of crushing pop noise. Think Ride's 'Drive Blind' or 'Like a Daydream', but without those Thames Valley accents.

Apple Orchard may of course revert back to type with their next release, but if this is to be a one-off trip into indieboy guitar shredding, then it's a very welcome diversion indeed. More of this kind of thing, please.

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