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Tinpan Orange
- Over The Sun

A mix of tried and true tracks suffused with interesting, quirky gems.

Nov 27th 2012 | Label: Vitamin
The clay is still mixed with gold dust for Melbourne indie-folk outfit Tinpan Orange, with their fourth album containing a mix of tried and true tracks suffused with interesting, quirky gems. Opener Birdy is a softly-spoken ode that finishes as soon as it starts, which has the consequence of delivering little puissance as it crosses over into the title track. It's refreshing then that Barcelona rolls in, as 11 tracks of washed-out psychedelia would be hard to take. This marks a middle section of deep arrangements that when blended with Emily Lubitz's sweet delivery show a group with talent to burn.

The leitmotif writhing through the album like a colourful serpent is one of memories of youth delivered from a mature standpoint. Like Snow is one such accompaniment that delves into this territory, by casting the refractive lens with lines such as “I loved you well like a boy and bike, I like that you loved me too”. Yet for all the clever lyrical styling there are moments as on Round The Twist that the cliché's are squeamish rather than clever. This is a highlight of the last three tracks until it drops into the sleep inducing “Rain rain go away come again another day”, exemplifying how one wrong turn can ruin the moment.

Final track Tattoo On Her Wrist is precious metal, which shows Tinpan Orange at their most persuasive. This does tend to sum up the album, which is at some turns brilliant, yet around other corners lackadaisical. However, if you like Lisa Mitchell this critique will pass over you like mead through a minstrel's lips.



Saturday 7th November

Jamgrass Music Festival feat.
Harts + Tinpan Orange + Mustered Courage + Richard In Your Mind + Quarry Mountain Dead Rats + The Morrisons + The Imprints + The String Contingent + The Stetson Family + John Flanagan + Mr Alford Country + The Drunken Poachers

Bundoora Park, Bundoora

Thursday 19th November

Ron Sexsmith + Trinity Roots + Ben Ottewell (Gomez) + Robert Forster + The California Honeydrops + Harry James Angus + Hauschka + We Two Thieves + Arte Kanela Flamenco + Emma Donovan & The Putbacks + Tinpan Orange + Jenn Grant + Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson + Brian Nankervis + Anne McCue + Suzannah Espie + Tora + Jones Jnr + Hein Cooper + Mt Warning + Montaigne + Raised By Eagles + Cornerstone Roots + more + Mullum Music Festival

Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby

Friday 27th November

Queenscliff Music Festival feat.
Augie March + Ron Sexsmith + Angus & Julia Stone + Hoodoo Gurus + Kate Miller-Heidke + Paul Dempsey + Lior + The California Honeydrops + John Williamson + Melbourne Ska Orchestra + Robert Forster + Cookin' On 3 Burners feat. Tex Perkins + Stella Angelico + Harts + The Snowdroppers + L-FRESH The LION + Damian Cowell's Disco Machine + Kingfisha + OKA + Ainslie Wills + Hey Frankie + Tinpan Orange + Raised By Eagles + All Our Exes Live In Texas + Morgan Bain + Blue Eyes Cry + Trinity Roots + Hollie Smith + Louis Baker + Estere + Thomas Oliver + Mustered Courage + Sahara Beck + Benny Walker + 19-Twenty + Franky Walnut + Hailey Calvert + Ben Whiting + Tash Sultana + Josh Cashman + Josh Rennie-Hynes + Alexandra Pye + Queenscliff Music Festival

Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff

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