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Orca Team – Restraint

If there’s one place I can always depend on for new music it’s local radio station KEXP. Orca Team is my latest discovery and a relaxing addition to a relatively lazy summer. Restraint is an album from Orca Team, a Seattle three piece that plays jangly surf-pop. “Night Moves” is the song that sparked my interest with it’s dreamy vocals and bouncy instrumentation. The rest of Restraint follows a similar model of reverb drenched guitars with an energetic rhythm section. The results are laid back but quick and punchy.

I’ve always been a fan of albums that can get their point across with a short runtime, so you know I was pleased when I saw Restraint’s 26 minute duration. The album’s brevity well complements the band’s style, but I still have one complaint. I like dreamy surf pop as much as the next guy, but after awhile it begins to feel redundant. Every song seems to incorporate the exact same effects, song structure, and mood. Just once I’d like to hear two songs that sound completely different. I appreciate that Orca Team has established a sound, but mix it up on a few tracks.

Nonetheless, I’m glad I found this album. It’s calming melodies and jazzy rhythm make up for it’s lack of variation. I’m not really sure what else to say about Orca Team considering they’re still very much in the infancy of their music career. I wish them the best in finding some notoriety outside of the Seattle scene and hope to hear from them again someday.

Favorite Tracks: “Michael”, “Night Moves”, “Ocean Ghost”


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