Release Date: Aug 24, 2004
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Frozen Orange is David Kilgour's second record for Merge, and it is every bit as wonderful as A Feather in the Engine and stacks up well against his best work with the Clean. Kilgour has been making smart, melodic, and interesting indie for more years than anyone would care to add up, and unlike many indie rockers who seem to be merely shuffling along because the music is now their career, Kilgour is creating some of his best music yet. The album flows like sweet maple syrup from beginning to end, Kilgour's intimate croon caressing you like kind words from an old friend.
David Kilgour and his brother Hamish formed the Clean, New Zealand’s best known punk band, 26 years ago, so it would be more than a little untrue to say that he has finally hit his stride with Frozen Orange. Although the Clean have released only five full-length albums thus far, they released a sufficient number of singles and EPs in their early years that Merge Records attempted to assemble for 2003’s Anthology - 44 songs long. Kilgour has also released five previous solo albums, and while you could certainly argue that all of this material has its high points and low points (you could make that argument about anything after 26 years), the Clean, at the very least, have created a fairly considerable legacy.