Label: Big Scary Monsters There’s no clear explanation for why Orchards haven’t been given the push they deserve. Their underground buzz has naturally been building for a couple of years now, but this is a band that have ‘mainstream crossover smash’ written all over then and it’s yet to be fostered to any extent. Their math-rock touches ground them further in alternative territory than bands like Pale Waves or Fickle Friends who they’d inevitably by grouped in with, but that’s hardly a dealbreaker considering the sunny indie-pop melodies that would sound incredible on mainstream radio and festival stages. Perhaps it’s a case of reaching the point where the groundswell is just impossible to ignore, something that the lead-up to debut full-length Lovecore has been hinting at, particularly with singles and pre-release tracks showing just how stellar this band are at crafting intricate but hugely accessible pop songs. That’s not something that just any band can do, and the fact that Orchards have a borderline spotless record on their hands is a clear enough reason to give them the leverage they deserve.