Orange Crush

Orange Crush is an impressionist, as is made clear by titles like "Waterflow", "Neon Dreams" and "By The Shores". Like the undeniably similar Boards Of Canada he's rather fond of pitch flutters and artificially aging his sounds, a technique that gives some of his landscaped compositions the vague fuzziness of imperfect or fading memories.

artist:
Orange Crush

country of origin:
Norway

style(s):
Ambient pop, ambient rock, shoegaze, impressionist, low-fi, environmental

decades active:
00's - 10's

essential releases:

  • The Fields (2006, Archaic Horizon)
  • Autumn Reflections (2009, Archaic Horizon)
  • Afterglow (2011, Bandcamp)

Reviewed by Mike G

Orange Crush is Norwegian composer Karl Endreson whose tech-pop instrumentals are lyrical, dreamy and gently trance-inducing. His debut album The Fields (2006) and its follow-ups Autumn Reflections (2009) and Afterglow (2011) are wondrous things, tone poems with achingly beautiful drones and hazy melodies arranged with a variety of downtempo beat patterns.

Endreson is an impressionist, as is made clear by titles like "Waterflow", "Neon Dreams" and "By The Shores". Like the undeniably similar Boards Of Canada he's also rather fond of pitch flutters and artificially aging his sounds, a technique that gives some of his landscaped compositions the vague fuzziness of imperfect or fading memories. The good news is that he does it his own way so he's not really mimicking anyone. His beats lack the brittleness of classic B.O.C. for one thing, and his tones and textures are also consistently warm, thanks partly to the glittering electric guitar sounds.

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