I’ve written about Evansville band Mock Orange on other occasions. In fact, their latest effort, Captain Love, was one of my favorite albums of 2007. The thing is, to the dismay of domestic fans, the album was only released in Japan last year due to always-problematic “label issues”. But now these fans can stop dismaying and start rejoicing, for on September 9th it will finally see a U.S. release courtesy of Wednesday Records.
Expectations have a tendency to grow exponentially when a band disappears for a while after releasing the best album of their career, but (against all odds) the long-awaited follow up to 2004’s impeccable Mind is Not Brain does not fail to deliver. Full of enough infectious guitar riffs to span two or three albums, Captain Love is polished, captivating, and, as I’ve said before, their most accomplished work to date. I’d say they seem to have pop compositions down to a science, but the songs certainly don’t feel like they’ve come from a stale laboratory setting. These suckers are full of life; picture running through fields on sunny summer days, floating on clouds, and emotions on sleeves. Check out “World of Machines” and “Song in D”, which placed first in the Rock category of 2006’s International Songwriting Competition, and you’ll see what I mean.
Hopefully these guys will get some much-deserved attention this year. For a band that’s been around for a while, and that’s this good, Mock Orange has been criminally under-received. Show some support and do yourself a favor by pre-ordering Captain Love. If you do, you’ll get a free poster and one-inch button featuring Kathleen Lolley‘s cover art for the record, which is clearly pretty awesome. Plus, it’s only $10 (not to mention the band gets 80% of the proceeds)… small price to pay for one of the finest, catchiest indie rock albums you’ll hear all year.
Download: Mock Orange – Song in D