In his new delivery for Elefant Records Singles Club, ORANGE CAKE MIX (sort of the GUIDED BY VOICES of innocent, dreamy pop, following a parallel path to that of THE MAGNETIC FIELDS) brings in three new, previously unreleased tracks, after having released on Elefant the full-length albums “More Mellow Hits” and “Blue Island Sound” and the CD-single “Like Waves In Space”, plus other references in American labels as Placenta, Blackbean or Four-Letter Words.
Since we at Elefant discovered him, Jim Rao’s project has developed a true cult in the American independent scene, whilst in Japan he’s getting closer each day to become a star. His records pass from one to another by word of mouth, and his legend (he doesn’t have promotional pictures and he never plays live) grows bigger with each new record.
For the three songs on this single (gorgeous cover!) we could choose from some different tapes by this prolific songwriter of timeless and charming DIY-pop: delicate colours of keyboards (“Dream Come True”), dreamy, slightly distorted guitars, joyful beatboxes (“Take A Holiday”) and delicious melodies riding happy or melancholic over extremely sensitive lyrics. On this brown vinyl (or golden, you can tell your own thing, or be a daltonic if you want) single, Mr Rabbit and his furry friends, just out from a Lewis Carroll story, invite you to take a well-deserved holiday with them and sail through unknown oceans discovering new landscapes. Get your portable turntable and enjoy their music.