Wall of Orchids

Great Blue

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Wall of Orchids is a one-man studio project written and performed by Lane Steinberg, formerly the guiding light behind unsung jangle-poppers the Wind. In the mid-'90s, Steinberg decided to hit the studio alone and make some music. Two of the tracks he recorded, "Life Goes On" and "Come Back to Me," were released as a 7"; the other three tracks compiled here were never released. Steinberg goes for a clean and precise sound with tons of jangling guitars, skittering drums, and lots of reverb. He is certainly nostalgic for the great era of jangle pop, as one can hear strong echoes of the dB's and Let's Active. The opener is "Great Blue," a lovely mid-tempo love song with tender vocals and a nice hook. "No One is Looking" is another standout track, as is "Come Back to Me": With its aching falsetto, sweeping strings, and power pop feel, it sounds like a lost Rubinoos track. This is a nice EP. Fans of the original jangle pop era will find much to enjoy. Hopefully, Bus Stop can dig up more tracks from the Wall of Orchids sessions or convince Steinberg to hit the studio again.

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