Calling all former pop rock kids circa ’07: Orange & Lemons is making a comeback. The band just released a new single called “You Bring Out My Best,” and it’s a deceptively sunny and chipper song about remembering a particularly good ex.
“The song was intended as a pitch for a commercial project, but the band decided to release it as a stand-alone single,” reads a press release about the new single. “We just love how the song turned out. It’s the first time we sat down together working on a concept material, with no relevant inspiration for it. Just a play with words and melodic lines,” says Orange & Lemons’ chief songwriter and producer Clem Castro.
Creating a demo of the song started before quarantine, with it being “written, arranged, and demo-recorded last February 2020 at O&L’s drummer studio from 4 pm to 3 am.” Castro says of the initial recording: “The resulting production has that trademark O&L sound, and much, much more because of the contribution of our keyboard player, who after more than a year of being an official member has immersed himself in indie-pop stylings.”
It took the band a few months after to finish recording. “Armed with disinfectants and face masks, the award-winning band carefully observed health and safety protocols to finish the material. Clem says, ‘We had to remove our shoes when tracking, and only one person is allowed at a time to record. The rest had to wait outside at the receiving area of Sonic State Audio in Mandaluyong City,’” states the press release.