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The Orange Box (EP) by Vortical Minds
The Orange Box
Crank this to 7.7 of 11
70s Blues rock
Cactus, Leaf Hound
We have stumbled upon 26 minutes of 70s power fuzz from the roots of Rome Italy. The trio, Vortical Minds, have released their debut entitled
The Orange Box
. The trio essentially hone in on the authentic. By authentic, we mean that you can put this album up against any obscure 70s blues/psychedelic band and they would fit in seamlessly. Authentic unfortunately does not always translate into the ultimate listening experience. Vukasin’s vocals are certainly an acquired taste, a taste that at times dulls the buds with excessive lyrics and trying to do too much.
One of our rules of thumb to score high on the rotation dial with an EP for us is solid tracks across the board. Unfortunately, "Ticking Time" is a difficult track to get beyond the 2 minute mark. The melodic hooks are choppy and Vukasin’s vocals are significantly challenged to hit the ranges they are attempting.
1. Maybe But Not Today (3:38)
2. I Bought Myself (7:50)
3. My Game (6:52)
4. Ticking Time (8:52)
What is the standout track on the album?
The opener "Maybe But Not Today" takes top bill for us. The steady guitar riff builds some impressive melodies. Vulkasin’s vocals are much more controlled on this track and he actually shows a fair amount of range. We hear R&B influences and some deep guttural chops. Gianluca is at his best on this track and steals the show. "I Bought Myself" takes a close second.as the track shows some terrific range and the band’s versatility. We hear splashes of Bloodwyn Pig and Captain Beyond.
How is the production?
Tremendous. The higher volume recording and rawness contribute to that authenticity we spoke of earlier. Kudos for Gianluca the guitarist for a great job mixing with low budget in low fidelity to come out with a big authentic sound.
What adult beverage do we recommend accompany this album?
The Negroni cocktail is made of one part gin, one part vermouth, rosso (red, semi-sweet), and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel.
Final Thoughts for The Orange Box.
The first two tracks are well worth your time. Unfortunately the big drop-off with ’Ticking Time’ has really bummed us out. We feel the trio has some tremendous potential particularly for their feel in really taking us back in time to the early 70s. Throw these gents a few dollars as this is a ‘name your price’ on BandCamp. We will certainly be on the lookout for some new material from the talented trio. -
Vukasin Rodic Vule: Bass and vocals
Gianluca Ortu: Drums and choir
Gianluca Paladino: Guitars and choir
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