One can draw several conclusions from the cover of Edible Orchids. First, it gives the distinct impression of The Ginger Envelope being a post-Elephant 6 band. The green tint, personally, takes me back to Everything Is Green, an early release by The Essex Green on Elephant 6 and the newly resurgent Kindercore. The name of the band and album is the second hintâ€”the names roll off the tongue like those off the lovable indie pop label. So, one shouldnâ€™t be too surprised that The Ginger Envelope hail from Athens, an indie pop hot spot, and possesses the sound of Elephant 6.
â€œFailsafeâ€ is an early gem; the twangy guitar and lazy vocals make it a rainy day favorite. While the lyrics and vocal melodies give it an early Wilco-esque sound, Edible Orchids as a whole finds itself between indie pop and a southwestern twang. The vocals are lightly raspy and sound like the lighter work of Matt Pryor [Get Up Kids], primarily via his solo work in The New Amsterdams. This can be heard in â€œDirty Pennyâ€ and on lighter tracks such as â€œDriftâ€.
â€œKitesâ€ is another gem and finds Edible Orchids speeding things up with a bouncy melody before hitting one of the slower songs on the album, â€œMorning Let Me Inâ€. â€œSilverâ€ features banjo and a sweet melody that brings the pop sensibilities back home. â€œNight Sweepingâ€ has a country-ish slide guitar and a hooky vocal melody in the verses closing Edible Orchids with an album topper. As the heavy rain falls outside, its easy to get lost in Edible Orchidsâ€”the album is perfect for such days. Now I just wish I was home with a warm blanket and a cup of hot mint tea.
This review was originally published December 4, 2007 on the old version of FensePost. Rumor has it, The Ginger Envelope is currently working on a new record.
The Ginger Envelope: Caretaker [mp3]
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One Percent Press [CD, 2008]
4. Lady Barber
5. Dirty Penny
8. Morning Let Me In
10. Night Sweeping