Orange Farm is a band based in Wellington, NZ, and originally formed in 1992. The current members are Nigel Mitchell on guitar/vocals, Vivien Reid on keys/horn/vocals, Celia McAlpine on bass/vocals, and Karen Apperley on drums.
Based in Wellington New Zealand, Orangefarm's sound has been variously described as, 'intimate and wistful,' (Russell Baillie NZ Herald) and 'exquisite, cinematic pop,' (Alan Galloway, Let's Planet).
Hinemoana Baker, calls them, ‘one of my favourite New Zealand bands of all time.’ This year Orangefarm are on a mission to increase the number of fans who feel that way about them.
The band has been around off and on, since the late 90s. Their first EP, ‘Joined at the Hip’, came out in 1999 to critical acclaim. Russell Baillie from the NZ Herald described their sound as, “intimate jangle pop.”
The band’s “long-awaited”second EP, The Water, ’will be out in April/May 2018 It will feature five songs, dealing with relationships, identity and loss.
Mitchell’s songwriting conjures up disparate images that coalesce in the mind of the listener. There is an urgency to the melodic textures of the guitar, keyboards and French horn creating music that Let’s Planet’s Alan Galloway describes as, ‘exquisite,’ and ‘cinematic.’
Orangefarm comprises Nigel Mitchell (guitar and vocals), Vivien Reid, (French horn, keyboard and vocals), Karen Apperley, (drums) and Celia McAlpine (bass and vocals.)