Watch our interview with Mild Orange below!
New Zealand dream-pop four-piece Mild Orange have delivered their hotly-anticipated third studio album, Looking For Space. We caught up with frontman Josh Mehrtens and lead guitarist Josh Reid to chat about the release, their sonic evolution, touring and more!
Across the collection of songs, Mild Orange dismantle the traditional approach to songwriting, instead offering up unique structures and textural soundscapes that pushes the boundaries of their signature sound. The record serves as a documentation of navigating life in the 21st century and captures that rollercoaster of ups and downs. From figuring out who you are on What's Your Fire, to the shifting perspectives that come as time goes on in This Kinda Day, the record shines a light on all corners of growing in your twenties and the experiences that feel universal.
Recorded in six locations across Aotearoa New Zealand, the recording process for Looking For Space marks the first time the recording in a professional studio, finishing off the record at Roundhead Studios. Full of sun-drenched psychedelic rock motifs and bewitching album, the album showcases Mild Orange at their best. Laced with fuzzy guitars, delicate percussion that builds and swells and shimmering production, the band produce a more refined sonic palette that meanders between the hazy moments of Colourise and groove laden and psych-infused textures of Photographics. Mehrt produced, mixed and engineered the record, whilst also working on the visual identity of the album which began with a single photograph taken after a show in Switzerland.
Having joined forces in 2018, Mild Orange is made up childhood friends Mehrtens, Reid, bassist Tom Kelk and drummer Jack Ferguson. With two full-length albums under their belt, the four-piece have sold-out performances across New Zealand and conquered Europe with a headline tour, having also shared the stage with legendary acts such as The Strokes in London and Underworld in Mexico City.
Looking For Space is out now!