Mild Orange release their third studio album Looking For Space via AWAL – a collection of melting melodies that features previous tracks ‘What’s Your Fire?’, ‘This Kinda Day’, ‘The Time Of Our Lives’ and ‘Oh Yeah’. Mild Orange celebrated the album release by kicking off their Looking For Space world tour playing a sold out show at Jazz Café in London last night.
Looking For Space is the band’s most personal record to date and after spending two albums carefully organising the framed photos and applying an even layer of paint, Mild Orange felt the urge to tear apart the four walls that defined their bedroom pop sound, capturing the wilderness that lay beyond.
Midway through recording the album, Mehrtens came down with pneumonia and pleurisy, a single breath capable of leaving him in excruciating pain. The experience not only changed the perspective of the rest of the record, but of Mehrtens’ life. “That put me into some pretty dark spaces,” he says. “But I’m an optimist, so I was searching for the beauty in the dark.”
Despite hailing from one of the world’s most isolated places on Earth, Aotearoa’s Mild Orange have become a band belonging to the world that have built an international following releasing songs that unfold like secrets shared between friends and lovers. Their internet-cult following has reached fans from Cairo to Cape Town, Lima to LA, Seoul to Sydney, London to Ulanbutar giving them close to 100 million YouTube views alone.
True to the group’s questing, nomadic form, Looking for Space was recorded in stretches over the last year, compiling sessions in beach houses, bedrooms, and for the first time a proper recording studio – the famous Roundhead Studio in Auckland. “This was our first time working on Mild Orange tracks in a premier studio, and having all that epic gear at our fingertips, coupled with having Studio Manager Paddy’s tech-wizardry engineering abilities on hand definitely jumped us up in quality and texture,” Mehrtens says. By honouring all those different spaces and crafting their own, Mild Orange have not only struck out on their search for meaning, but simultaneously found meaning where they were all along.