While many have been busy honing their baking skills or constructing a greenhouse, alternative band Orchard have been building their empire of indie gems. Their debut single, Universal Sigh, is a healthy combination of influences such as Radiohead, The Maccabees, and Bombay Bicycle Club.
Beginning with a refreshing and melodic guitar riff, Universal Sigh builds slowly into an anthemic indie-pop song with hints of passionate intensity, while the lyrics are basically an instruction manual of how to deal with a failing connection with someone you are close to.
Taking a measured approach to the melody, you can almost hear the emotional weariness and frustration seeping through the vocals, and this sombre sound is maintained throughout the whole track. With layers of guitars combined with warmer tones on the bass, this song is definitely a future crowd-pleaser.
Taken from their forthcoming EP, scheduled for release in November, Universal Sigh is a fantastic song that would make indie pioneers Keane proud.