The Mighty Orchid King – “Lungs”


“Lungs” is a stirring, expansive rocker from The Mighty Orchid King, written about the band’s experiences in the Extinction Rebellion, a global environmental movement. Eco-anxiety is effectively conveyed from the get-go: “I cut you down so I can read / We gather round the fire in your belly.” Intricate rhythms and prog-friendly guitar tones permeate throughout. A vibrant rhythm section emerges alongside soaring vocals as the powerful chorus hits: “We cut open the Lungs of the Land / Looking for fragments of golden air.”

The track exudes an anthemic quality in the chorus especially, with all forces — from vocals to the bustling rhythms and interweaving guitars — succeeding in their interplay. The “orchid. power!” repetition approaching the four-minute also plays with considerably enjoyable fervor. Fans of rock with psych-friendly and progressive influence are very likely to enjoy this rising act and “Lungs.”

“Lungs” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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