Exposé Online banner

The Orange Drop — Stoned in Love
(Mega Dodo DODOCD20, 2016, CD/LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-11-04

Stoned in Love Cover art

Forming in 2007 in the City of Brotherly Love, neo-psych band The Orange Drop has been releasing their special blend of mind altering music on Bandcamp since 2011. On November 4, 2016, Mega Dodo Records releases The Orange Drop’s fourth album, Stoned in Love, as both a CD and a limited edition lysergic orange vinyl LP of 250 copies. The Orange Drop is not exactly a retro band, instead they have re-invented 60s/70s psychedelia, slipping in 21st century ideas. Picture, if you will, taking a bit of Julee Cruise (Twin Peaks), The Doors, early Pink Floyd, The Byrds, and a dash of Wooden Shjips, swirling them into a kaleidoscopic aural experience and you may get an idea of Stoned in Love. Searing drone guitar, tons of reverb, melodic vocals, and experimentation abound. The Orange Drop is definitely not a party band. Instead they lock you into a groove, while you sit and sway, as they take you on a magical journey, ultimately having to scrape you off the floor. They also deliver an impeccable cover of Pink Floyd’s “Julia Dream,” rivaling Dave Gilmour’s vocals. But caveat emptor — the abstract and experimental 1:16 instrumental “Substance D” can be very disturbing if you are under the influence. The entire album is fantastic. The “high” points for me are “The Curse of Kukaku,” “Make It Her, Forever,” “Julia Dream,” and the album closer “If You Feel It.” By all means, do not let this release pass you by.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): The Orange Drop

Latest news

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

East of Eden - Graffito – Hot on the heels of Eclectic’s reissue of East of Eden’s first two LPs comes a brand new recording from the founding lead voices of the band: saxophonist Ron Caines and violinist Dave Arbus....  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues