A new EP release from I See Orange hits an edgy pop rock tonality that gives off a great attitude and a robust character that you end up getting attached to right from the get-go and this is something that you don't get that often these days so to have it now was refreshing in a unique way.
The Lonesome Joy EP is definitely built with a lot of honesty lyrically and you can hear that in the music clearly but what grabs at you is the whole atmosphere that the band creates behind it as well because you have songs that are colorful but still have that hard-hitting edge at the same time and packed with musical hooks as well which is something I adore. After all, I miss musical hooks in rock.
There are always great vocal hooks, and this record has plenty of those as well but here guitar hooks as a main part of a track is something that I've missed and haven't heard since maybe the 90s.
These songs are robust and jump out at you because the energy is absolutely electric almost as if the band is feeding off of each other's energies the entire time giving the essence of what would be a live performance in a way.
They're definitely a few surprises around the corners but this record has such a classic approach to it and comes at you with this dark undertone but bright overtone so you get all that honesty and some of the emotional drive that the songs came from but you also get that lush rock feel tone wise so the combination of those two things are like the best of both worlds.
These songs leave their mark and some of them come through more impactful than others, but I would suggest listening to this EP from beginning to end because I think that's how it was meant to be soaked in.
Some of these songs interconnect in different ways to me and this gives me the feeling that this could be somewhat of a short concept record, but I could be wrong about that of course.
Even if I am, you should listen to the full ep and I'm sure you have 16 minutes to do that.
I enjoy the whole sonic presence of this band because they teeter on that line between a harder and heavier alternative rock and a lighter more contemporary approach as well so that's where the whole pop rock and indie rock feel comes in and they walk that line damn near perfectly.
This is definitely coming from a band that has a real love for their craft and I don't just mean singing or playing your instruments, I mean creating songs together and releasing them into the world so that people can relate to them.
This was a super solid release and upon listening to it, I took it upon myself to check out some other stuff on their Spotify, and upon doing that, I found a single released in 2022 called "Simply" which did not let me down whatsoever and had this great vastness that the band portrays on some of the new EP as well.
There's a lot to love about this record and there's some depth to it as well so I would suggest checking this out and then checking out their previous single and keeping an eye out for what they're going to come up with next.
I'm going to give this an 8 out of 10 hands down.