It’s hard for me to understand why Mock Orange hasn’t garnered more attention from either music publications or from the broader population of music listeners. I suppose in most instances you need the former before you can achieve the latter, but in any case, Mock Orange has truly ascended to “criminally underrated” status. They’ve been making music for over ten years now and even though popular success has largely eluded them, they’ve kept on. Mock Orange has come a long way from their modest beginnings as a well-above-average emo band, significantly progressing as both musicians and songwriters, ultimately going on to create some of the finest guitar-centered indie rock of the decade.
Their upcoming, yet-to-be-titled album is mostly cut from the same cloth as their last full-length, Mind Is Not Brain, driving home great pop songs with well-executed, Doug Martsch-recalling guitar play. “Song In D”, one of the better tracks on the record, was entered into last year’s International Songwriting Competition and placed first in the Rock category. It’s easy to see why — the song is no doubt one of Mock Orange’s strongest compositions, exhibiting skillful guitar playing, driving melodies, and more mature songwriting. Both tracks from Daniel’s EP, a split with The Band Apart which was released (only) in Japan last year, have been rerecorded for the new album… definitely good news for American audiences that may have missed out. “Beauty of a Scar” is particularly awesome, almost indescribably so. Packed so full of incredible guitar work and amazing melodies, you’d be hard pressed to find many rock songs, either this year or last, that surpass it.
There’s no official release date for the album, but be sure to keep your eyes on the Mock Orange website for any word. I’ll definitely be reminding everyone here as well. In the meantime, I’d recommend checking out some other Mock Orange albums — First EP and Mind Is Not Brain are especially good.
Download: Mock Orange – Song In D