Western Column – “Club Orange”


“Club Orange” explores a melodic, jangly allure throughout its production, a success from Glasgow-based Western Column. Representing the solo project of Dutch Wine guitarist Christopher Devine, Western Column sees Devine exploring elements of shoegaze, jangle-pop, and dream-pop.

“Club Orange” builds from shimmering guitars and contemplative lyrics, escalating into a more fervent guitar burst prior to the jangly, wordless dreaminess past the first minute. A pulsing, rock-forward invigoration also compels around the three-minute turn. “Thanks to you,” Devine repeats, resonating fully.

“With ‘Club Orange’ there is a general feeling of everything that was going on at that time, it’s more an atmosphere than a specific topic,” Devine says. “I’ve always liked really upbeat tunes that are still kind of sad, so it’s got a dancey groove with the drums and bass and then put some dream poppy guitars over it so it’d be like a kind of nice clash.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2023’ Spotify playlist.

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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