Mild Orange shares the latest taste of her upcoming album Looking For Space
New Zealand’s dreamiest band sweet orange today share the latest taste of their forthcoming album Looking For Space – ahead of its release on Thursday 10th February. “Oh Yeah” is accompanied by a beautifully shot clip of a couple exploring the surf town of Biarritz, France. Look below.
About the single, frontman Josh Mehrtens shares, “I wrote the lyrics to ‘Oh Yeah’ to be intentionally about nothing – but in nothing there’s always something. In a history article from the art that I did in college, there was a quote that I found, and unfortunately, I don’t know from whom but it said something like: “with art, there is always meaning”. It was glossed over in the lecture, but it has stuck with me for years now. Even the decision not to make sense has meaning. I love that irony and found it comical that you can’t escape meaning, so I wanted to write lyrics about nothing, which meant little to me at the time, except just to feel good. That “something” may become clearer once you think back to the semblance of nothingness you tried to conjure up.”
“It was while thinking about the song that I realized that those words came from somewhere and could take on some kind of meaning, which is what the spoken word outro is about. I recorded/wrote this outro section in an improvised way all at once a few months after the initial recording of the song. We wrote and recorded ‘Oh Yeah’ at Carters Beach, on New Zealand’s rugged west coast, in a beach house separated from the ocean by a paddock with horses roaming in it. It was very laid back and surf there, that’s how the song sounds. We all recorded our parts in a very relaxed way and without assuming what it was going to become. What does the chorus “oh yeah ah ah ah yeah uh” mean? No idea, but it feels good to sing.
The music video “Oh Yeah” was directed and filmed by Simon Levalois-Bazier in Biarritz, France, shot entirely on Kodak 16mm film, with his groovy friends, Evan and Clothilde. The band had put up an Instagram story looking for a director for another project and Simon had reached out. Fan of Mild Orange for years, he wanted to contribute to the project. Simon is known for his epic surf and lifestyle videos on film which have been featured on Stab Magazine.
Mehrtens shares, “Like the meaning behind the song, it’s about something that seemingly comes out of nowhere – it doesn’t have to have meaning for it to feel right. The soundscape goes hand-in-hand with Evan and Clothilde’s day in the surf town of Biarritz, and the lo-fi grit of the audio production is in keeping with the film’s retro aesthetic. I have to thank my dad for insisting that “Oh Yeah” be fully realized. It wasn’t going to be on the album, and probably would have been hidden away for ages, but he was playing it every day and pushing me several times a week to keep revising it and taking the song more seriously. Luckily for this push, we have this fine work to enjoy.
“Oh Yeah” follows the band’s explosive new single ‘What is your fire?’ and misty b side “Hollywood Dreams” which were released last month to rave reviews and joins previously released tracks “That Kind of a Day” and ‘The best time of our life’. Looking For Space will be available digitally and on vinyl – pre-order / pre-save head here. The band will travel to the UK and Europe, USA and Canada this year for their The Looking For Space tour, which includes a headline date at the London Jazz Café on February 10. For more details and ticket information, go to: mildorange.com.
Mild Orange is made up of childhood buddies, frontman Josh Mehrtens and lead guitarist Josh Reid, with bassist Tom Kelk and drummer Jack Ferguson. Their internet cult has reached fans from Cairo to Cape Town, Lima to Los Angeles, Seoul to Sydney, London to Ulanbutar, giving them nearly 50 million views on YouTube alone. Together they create energetic and exotic psychedelic rock with compelling lyrics and are known for their relaxed and dynamic sound. In the past few months since releasing “This Kinda Day”, the first track from the new album, they have received media coverage from Billboard, Monster Children, MTV, RAGE, Tone Deaf, Beat Magazine, Lyrical Lemonade, Sniffers and Under. Radar.
THE CIRCUIT IN SEARCH OF SPACE 2022
FEB 10 ~ LONDON ~ JAZZ CAFÉ
FEBRUARY 16 ~ BROOKLYN ~ BABY IS OK
FEBRUARY 18 ~ TORONTO ~ BABY G
FEBRUARY 19 ~ CHICAGO ~ SCHUBAS
FEB 23 ~ OAKLAND ~ STARLINE
FEB 24 ~ LOS ANGELES ~ THE ROXY
FEB 26 ~ SAN DIEGO ~ SODA BAR
MARCH 4 – MEXICO CITY – INDIE ROCKS FORO
SEPTEMBER 14 – MADRID ~ SALA CARACOL
TBD ~ BARCELONA ~ LA 2 APOLO
SEPTEMBER 17 – PARIS ~ EPHEMERAL POINT
SEPTEMBER 20 ~ AMSTERDAM ~ PARADISO NOORD
SEPTEMBER 21 ~ ZÜRICH ~ EXILE
SEPTEMBER 23 VIENNA – B72
SEPTEMBER 24 BUDAPEST – AKVARIUM
SEPTEMBER 26 WARSAW – HYDROZAGADKA
SEPTEMBER 27 BERLIN – KANTINE AM BERGHAIN
SEPTEMBER 29 COPENHAGEN – STENGADE
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