SELON RECLINER: The Orchid Door
By Liz Barry
Moody, lush and hypnotic – this is perfect for those cold winter days, conjuring up images of dark swirling clouds, stormy seas and windblown terrains. Working with producer Dave Holmes (Gramsci, Jacob) the band showcases a rich pallet of mood and atmosphere. Yet maybe ‘The Orchid Door’ is not as dark as it sounds. Everyone Moves Away breezes along on mellow atmospheric guitars and is a welcome relief from the intensity of the opening two tracks Swan and Lonely Girl. “If ‘Restroom’ was our interior album, then this is definitely about exteriors,” says vocalist and co-songwriter Belinda Bradley. Personally I loved the lushness of their 2006 debut and instantly became a fan of the then-named Recliner. That was embellished after continuing confusion with a San Francisco neo punk band also named Recliner. ‘Selon’ is French for ‘according to’ or ‘the thoughts of’, which certainly seems very apt. The album artwork is again eye catching with stunning photography and this band are a treat to see perform live – all five members possess considerable songwriting and visual arts talent. Pour a cocktail, curl up on a comfortable chair and enter ‘The Orchid Door’ – it’s well worth the experience.