Review of Oranj Son – “Still” on The Label Recordings

Oranj Son, a four piece Psych Punk band from Ellesmere Port, are Kieran Linford (guitar & vocals), Lew Yii (drums), Brad Welch-Harley (bass) and Matthew Linford (keys/synths).

The band, whose influences range from Echo and the Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes to Air, LCD Soundsystem and Sonic Youth, have been together for two years and have already made a big impact on Liverpool’s music scene since they made their live debut at Sound City in 2015.

The new single ‘Still’ was recorded in Glasgow and produced by Luke Palmer and released by The Label Recordings as part of their Summer Sampler on June 2nd which also features Joel Thomas’ ‘Sunshine Funshine’.

Still has a superb opening with a chord vamp backed by synth and drumming which gives a great momentum, there’s a solo and a subtle change of feel into the verse which has excellent vocals. There’s a more expansive feel to the chorus. The arrangement and production is excellent, the sound is hard to describe but somewhere between The Clash, synth wave and indie.

The Label Recordings is the only industry-led University’s record label in the UK. It was set up at Edge Hill University in 2013 to promote new music and offer students hands-on experience in the hugely competitive music industry.

Students are involved in all aspects of the record label including searching for emerging talent, music production, video production, writing reviews and organising live events. Students work directly with people with years of industry experience and are gradually given increasing responsibilities through a process of shadowing and mentoring.

The Label has been featured on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, NME magazine, and on BBC North West Tonight. One of The Label’s first signings, Hooton Tennis Club, have gone on to secure a record deal with Heavenly Recordings.

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