Ever wondered what the outcome of a secret government entertainment project that decided to mix the DNA of The Lighthouse Family and Spiritualized would sound like? No? Me neither.
Yet here I am, sitting with my headphones on, grimacing as the latest exemplar of science gone mad is downloaded into my suffering brain. Let The Love Back In is by The Orange Lights, who happen to count amongst their personnel a former Lighthouse Family member and an ex-Spiritualized man. Now, I'm a reasonable man, and I can identify elements in both bands that, if not exactly likable, were at the very least listenable.
But genetics being the rather funky science that it is, mutants often turn out to rather less than their creators intended. Hopeful monsters, the early geneticists called them. They meant 'monster', in the freakish sense, rather than the epithet used by Charlotte Church when she's handed a new Bacardi Breezer. Just thought I'd clear that up.
Returning to 'da music', if this single is indeed the best that The Orange Lights can do they should be frozen in liquid nitrogen and paraded as the failed, whacked-out sessioners that they so obviously are. Something failed in the recombination chamber, because instead of the soulful indie-freak jams that the union should have produced we appear to be stuck with a few tracks of plodding guitar rock that even Embrace wouldn't touch with a twenty foot pole.
Look, I'm white, I'm male, and I often have problems with relationships, but that doesn't mean that I'll pick any old shite to soundtrack my discontent. It's difficult beyond belief to make Crowded House sound cutting edge, but The Orange Lights somehow manage it. Pity that we're judging them on such a tired and worn criterion as their music, eh?