Following a breakup and the death of her best friend, Elizabeth Le Fey (AKA Globelamp) wrote the The Orange Glow as a reflection of her year- and what a beautiful reflection it is.
Within the first two tracks, Le Fey sets the tone for the album, or rather lack of tone. Whilst the album is no doubt thematic and seamlessly flowing, Le Fey doesn’t shy away from exploring different sounds. From the gorgeously hopeful ‘Washington Moon’ to ‘Controversial/Confrontational’, she switches from an almost fawn-like innocence, to savage snarls of “men cannot be trusted”.
That said, each emotion – both sonically and lyrically – are just as incredibly haunting. The album explores La Fey’s own journey in a folky, ethereal musical one. Between tracks like ‘Artist Traveler’ and title track ‘The Orange Glow’, and those like ‘Piece of Pie’, the album explores the lure of the “orange glow” and Le Fey’s mission to escape it.
Drawing on a series of influences –psych, punk and folk blended with the supernatural and fairytales – The Orange Glow is an album that could be muddled and confusing, but rather ends up being completely hypnotising. It’s ethereal, almost manic at times, but overall incredibly refined; in listening to The Orange Glow it’s difficult not to become completely transfixed.
Though Le Fey’s journey and experiences are specific to her, she manages in The Orange Glow to transform these into entirely relatable emotions. In following her throughout the album, the emotions – even so far as understanding the enchantments of nature – become very familiar.
The Orange Glow is out 10 June. Pre-order here.