The Ginger Envelope – Edible Orchids

The Ginger Envelope
Edible Orchids

The Athens, GA music scene sure does seem to be getting bigger and bigger. More and more artists and bands are finding their way to success from this region of the U.S. A new band to emerge from there is The Ginger Envelope and their album, Edible Orchids, is a solid enough set of songs to win some new fans.

The first song, “Caretaker” is a catchy introduction to the album featuring lead singer Patrick Carey’s wispy, tired-sounding voice. It bubbles with some innocent pop music and carefree, lovely lyrics. The second song follows more of a country style with a twangy guitar playing underneath the mix.

For the album beginning, it seems like this is mostly an attempt to showcase Carey’s songwriting and singing. His singing is definitely interesting, to say the least, it isn’t bad but you just have to wonder why he sounds so tired on each song. By the the time whatever verse he is on ends, he always drops off at the end of it, barely enunciating the words. This is just something minor to note on and to, well, critique on.

The only major problem with the album is that there is little to no depth here. The songs seem to be suffocated with their minimalist approach and don’t have any space to breath. The melodies and catchiness are there but they never seem to be fully realized. “Encapsulate” is an example where the potential is set with a nice verse/strong guitar combo but it never goes anywhere. The small bridge section doesn’t really do much to bring the two together. The next song, “Lady Barber” has the same issues as the aforementioned. It starts off with an easy-going beat and progression; an awesome style shift happens three times in the song but it also never goes anywhere. I guess, for a difference in sound it works fine but from there, nothing.

During these moments, you expect to hear some nice harmonies, maybe Carey belt out the lyrics or maybe even a guitar solo but they never come. These songs don’t have genuine choruses and this is something that the album lacks. Some albums don’t need to have true choruses, unfortunately this one does.

A strong highlight is the closer, “Night Sweeping,” complete with its chugging drums and finally, Carey’s voice sounds stronger and articulated on this song. The fact that there isn’t a true chorus doesn’t bother you as much because the music is strong and the singing feels complete. The ritardando ending is fitting and the album closes well.

At ten songs and thirty-five minutes long it’s a harmless album that delivers some standard rock/pop tunes with small shifts sprinkled around the album. It’s nothing to go and yell about across the streets about but there is still plenty to enjoy here—especially for fans of the genre.