The Electric Arch find savory flavors in mixing 60s-inspired French pop with charming southern-style garage rock. The band, based out of New Orleans, is fronted by James Marler who is largely responsible for the lyrics and compositions heard in the new release, Out of Range. The album is meant to be viewed as a series of eleven semi-fictional vignettes surrounding topics of disconnection and comfort, hopelessness and lust, and bravery in isolation. The second-hand meditations were fueled by a combination of personal experience and whimsical creativity, resulting in a unique and diverse experience for the listener.
Track 1: “Crisps & Crackers” speaks of depression and the universal consolation of comfort food.
Track 2: “Postcard to Celeste” stars a lush artist appealing to his estranged lover to join him in his seaside redoubt.
Track 3: The figure in “Las Ramblas” struts through an urban promenade of feminine beauty, drawn ever forward toward the little death.
Track 4: A romantic wanderer dives deep inside a vintage travel poster in “Granada.”
Track 5: “Porcelain Hole” enters the dark forest of a nativist cult, shield in one hand, sword in the other.
Track 6: “Saturday Night into Sunday Morning” celebrates the temporary escape of late night bars and after hours culture.
Track 7: In “Moving to the Islands,” the cynical and affluent flee the mainland in the face of impending disaster.
Track 8: The early morning haiku of “Lullaby (for Donostia)” savors the calm before the world wakes up.
Track 9: Modern war machines pulverize classical architecture in “Lost City.”
Track 10: An adolescent musician aches for his popular ex- girlfriend in “Can’t Stand It.”
Track 11: “Western Civ” launches a new backwards dance craze. Watch the effervescent video for this track below: