||[Aug. 13th, 2006|06:57 pm]
Phill Jupitus of BBC 6Music: “Sounds like a band for me to keep an eye on,” on his Breakfast Show, having just played Orange, 3 Aug 06.|
Jim Gellatly of XFM Scotland: “Stunning stuff… absolutely divine.” Jim has played the track three time in the past week.
Drowned in Sound webzine: has made it a DiS Pick of the week for 21st Aug.
Incendiary Magazine, in the Netherlands:
“This is a classic single, as fragile and incandescent as the morning
dew. For those looking for comparisons to ponder over its 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 bands more delicate, wistful moments. Wistful is a good word
to describe Orange, theres 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 cant
believe its over so quickly, only three minutes. Incendiarys
instructions are to play this record ad nauseum.”
“I'll be honest, I'd forgotten how long the lead-in groove was, but in time reached the sweet sounds and understood exactly what had been meant by "electronica-with-a-heart". Electronic music can quite often be described as rather cold cold and in the case of band's like Nottingham's Ultraviolence, damn scary, but this was something quite different. From the childish laughter that introduced 'Orange', to the hillock of melodica that branded the
main structure of the song, was simply beautiful. Vocalist Gordon Turner's words were filled with an honesty that seemed refreshing in their brightness. Coming to the end of the single, I found myself returning to the start to catch another play. This happened a number of times and still I wasn't afraid to do so, but after what must've been the 6th time of my doing this I considered that it was about time I ventured to the B-side.
Russellsreviews.co.uk: “It's always nice to receive some vinyl and doubly nice when it's coloured vinyl. And as if that wasn't enough the music within is quite brilliant. I'm talking about Orange (can you guess what colour vinyl?) by Firebrand Boy. The a-side is a delicious slice of Postal Service-style lovelorn beauty but the b-side is even better. Three Mile Wish takes the Spinto Band's Oh Mandy and shoves it through a Game Boy (or some other console) to concoct a slab of hi-energy funkiness.”
Pow Pow Pow Mag: “Damn it if it this four-track single isn’t just a big bundle of wonderfulness. The lead track Orange is laidback and floats along on a repetitive (but never insistent) beat and some soft synths and keyboard lines. Sure, this is electro, but it’s light and airy and has a softness of touch entirely out of character for a genre where by definition most of the instrumentation is made not by the warmth of humans but by the cold clinicalness of machines. It has hints of Doves in the vocal style and overall ambience and whilst it’s by no means quite the finished article - it does drift slightly without ever quite arresting your attention quite as much as maybe you’d like, although perhaps that’s the point – it shows great potential. 7/10.”
Unpeeled Mag: “The whole construct that takes in writhing synth worms, piano chimes and electro-gallop percussion is a wonderful thing. Firebrand Boy… have something special.”