The Orchids


Reviews from all of you...

The reissues reviews:





Wonderful scans of some reviews on NME and Melody Maker (RIP).

Kind contribution of Chris Quinn.

Striving for the lazy perfection REVIEW NME

Lyceum REVIEW 1

Lyceum REVIEW 2

What will we do next? REVIEW

Unholy Soul REVIEW

Striving for the lazy perfection REVIEW NME

Reviews from


Review by Dean Carlson

Suddenly infused with a spirit of permanence and likely sensing a more hostile market to come, Sarah Records looked to the Orchids for the label's first full-length release. The band's inoffensive jangle pop roots and their avoidance of difficult timing schemes provided hardcore indie fans with something that was at once comfortable and skilled; in fact, Lyceum could have been a lush Teenage Fanclub record if it hadn't focused so much on mid-'80s Johnny Marr-isms. Intelligence comes at a price, though, and it would often drown out any possibility of a blossoming personality. The Orchids were taut but sometimes indistinguishable, smart but often unaware how easily they could, and would, drop into leaden simplicity, such as in the deliberate, sprawling, speckled verses and choruses of unsuccessfully subdued tracks like "Carrole-Anne."

Epicurean: A soundtrack

Review by Jason Ankeny

Epicurean: A Soundtrack compiles highlights from the slew of singles and EPs the Orchids recorded for the legendary Sarah label between mid-1988 and late 1990, each a singularly exquisite grace note from a group that, barring a subsequent re-release and re-evaluation of their mostly out of print catalog, seems destined to suffer as perhaps the great lost pop band of their era. The title derives from the enclosed quote, "the philosophy of Epicureans taught that the highest good is temporal happiness which is to be achieved by practice of virtues," in itself as apt a description of great pop music as any ever encountered; the virtues the Orchids practice are honesty, subtlety, and beauty, all manifested in their most classic melodies and achingly heartfelt vocals. Without losing sight of their trademark jangle-pop shimmer, the band covers an enormous stretch of stylistic ground over the collection's 20 cuts, shifting effortlessly from the soulful uplift of the opening "Peaches" to the string-tempered melancholy of "Blue Light" to the pre-Manchester club-psychedelia of "Something for the Longing."

Review by Jason Ankeny

When indie-pop fans speak of the fabled Sarah label and its roster, it seems that the Orchids are rarely afforded the same hushed, reverential tones recieved by the likes of the Field Mice or Heavenly, which is a great shame - the Orchids were one of the finest bands Sarah ever produced, and their masterpiece Striving for the Lazy Perfection is as good as anything in the label's storied catalog. Encompassing everything from dream-pop to trip-hop, it's certainly a product of its time and place, yet it also possesses a certain timeless quality - though seemingly incompatible ingredients, the album's shimmering guitars, soulful backing vocals (courtesy of Pauline Hynds) and programmed beats add up to something unique and compelling. Moreover, while tracks like "Welcome to My Curious Heart," "A Living Ken and Barbie" and "Lovechild" are so dissimilar in style and sensibility as to sound almost like the work of three different bands, Striving for the Lazy Perfection is never less than the sum of its parts, held together instead by the scope of its ambition and the uniformity of its excellence. Highly recommended. 


orchids - best band in the world!

This week's record review:

The Orchids - Striving For The Lazy Perfection


Always a good week when your favourite band releases a new record, its a great week when that record is as good as this. The best record ever recorded, from the best band in the world, probably. Its stronger than Unholy Soul, yet builds on that good yet sometimes too restrained LP. The Orchids use technology, and use it as it is supposed to be used. To enhance, to improve the traditional g/b/d combo. Yet this is not hardcore, or industrial if thats what you think i mean but brilliant guitar pop augumented by rave culture and neato stuff.

Its the best record ever recorded, until the next one.