Picture disk vinyl limited to 500 copies. Side A (full-length version) "...and this is why I speak to you in parables" (13:13). Side B (abbreviated version) "Middle of the Riddle" (05:03). Released by Made In China Records (MICR002)
released January 1, 2011
Recorded by Adam Pike at the Toadhouse in Portland, Oregon. Mixed by Adam Pike. Digital master by Adam Pike. Vinyl master by Pete Lyman. Written by Dustin Hill. Vocals and Guitar by Dustin Hill. Drums by Dean Carrol. Guitar by Ryan McIntire. Bass by Adam Pike. Ceremonial Seal by A. Crowley. Side B art by Raul Casillas. Art Direction by Ryan McIntire.
"Never have I seen a more elaborate two-song set-up than this full-length looking EP...Maybe I should play it backwards and see if there is a hidden message."
-Hardcore Norfolk, RZO
"The strength of this two-song 12" picture disc rests first in the formatting and then in its high production quality. What White Orange brings to the table is the sort of epic, '70s-influenced blues rock that fans of Deep Purple and Mastodon will certainly enjoy, but they have done so with great focus and artistic integrity...
Indeed, White Orange has presented a cogent case for the power of the vinyl single: give me your best song, and give it to me in a format where I can listen to it over and over again to maximum effect."
"The 12" vinyl disc is lavishly decorated; the vinyl itself features splashy, eye-popping full color graphics on both sides, and the disc itself is a thick slab that might call to mind 78rpm discs of old (ask your grandparents). The sleeve art is similarly striking...If these two tracks are a representative sample of what we might expect from White Orange's imminent long player, then further investigation is warranted..."
-Musoscribe, Bill Kopp
"Heavy, pounding, beautifully produced, a ruling rhythm with a hint of tribal drive (non-Burning Man), and a ton of things happening in very small ways, and I'm a sucker for subtle. This is the sort of "fucked up" that flies in the vast airspace over the heads of Mike Patton fans, but fans of Priest Driven or Hit To The Death-era Flaming Lips have a new favorite 18 minutes. Highly rec'd."
-Doug Mosurock, Andrew Earles
"The look and sound of this new single by Portland's stoner rock titans is appropriately epic. If you haven't already gotten yourself lost in the dense artwork that is laid on either side of this slab of wax, wander into the maze that is the long-form version. It weaves in samples, lost in space guitar wanderings, and droning before it gets weighted back to the planet by the band's massive rhythm section. The short version wastes no time in getting you to the sludgy riffs and meaty singing, but your patience will be well rewarded if you take the scenic route."
-The Voice of Energy
"It is probably the best looking picture disc I have ever seen. It is think and clear, not the cheap stuff from the 80s. The artwork is pretty far out but works perfectly for the circular/vinyl format. I'm sure this wasn't cheap and as a vinyl enthusiast I really appreciate the fact that they went the distance...reminds me of some Melvins stuff I've heard."
-Record Geeks, Jeb Banner
Album As Art Awards: The first-annual!!
[Album As Art #59]
Best Pic Disc: White Orange "And This is Why I Speak to You in Parables" 12-inch - Made in China Records (limited to 500, miraculous)
"I used to include a category on my year-end Vinyl Anachronist articles for Perfect Sound Forever called "Coolest Vinyl Find of the Year." Well, I know it's only January 25, but I think we already have a winner for 2011. A mysterious package arrived at my doorstep yesterday. I sniffed the package carefully and immediately detected the fine, rich smell of vinyl. I was right. What didn't know, however, was that I had just received perhaps the most beautiful picture disc I've ever seen...this is a sumptuous, gorgeous vinyl LP with complex, amazing artwork. "...and this is why I speak to you in parables" is a thirteen minute-plus epic that unravels slowly yet harshly like something from Godspeed! You Black Emperor! and then settles into a punchy, noisy psychedelic rock song that channels both Hot Tuna at its most abrasive and perhaps something more progressive and elegiac like Wishbone Ash."
"I don't know if you've ever done psychedelics," Hill muses, "but that place where you're grillin' and you're kind of scared
and disconnecting from your physical body, you know it's happening, but when you get back and you try to describe it, none of the words describe where you just were. That's kind of what White Orange is."...more