SummaryL'Orange's latest release, The Orchid Days, isn't an album so much as it's a movement of thought and theme through sound. Through previous outputs, we've come to know L'Orange as a painter who only paints in black, mixing shades of pulsing beats, young gun MC's, and samples from a bygone era into the lounge music of the soul.
Though still keeping well within the frames of his previous oeuvre, The Orchid Days echoes with the harbingers of inevitable change. We're introduced to the sultry tones of Erica Lane, a chanteuse who channels Billie Holiday, L'Orange's longtime muse, while still claiming her tone as her own.
Through The Orchid Days, L'Orange is telling a story, your story. It starts in 'second person' after all. Though maybe he's telling his story, only with you as the medium in mind, through your ears and your consciousness.
Love is not only a theme in this record, it might just be the pattern. The Orchid Days seems to be L'Orange's most revealing effort yet. "Eventually" will hypnotize you with feelings unrequited, "A Spring Like You," will hold you with a longing for things as they were in another life long-forgotten. "The Orchard" will numb you with its falling beauty, and you'll know that she's worked you over, and you won't even care anymore.
And all this is just the first of many courses that The Orchid Days puts forth. With each successive listen, notes of terror, wonder, paradise, oblivion sing in the shadows.
Mastered by Jared Hirshland for Elysian Mastering
Additional Instrumentation by David Sutton, Charles Longoria, Jason Freeman, Jimmy Lykens
Executive Produced by Michael Tolle
Album Art by Melissa Madison Fuller
Additional Graphic Design by Sarah Mattmiller