Painted Orange was a Christian synth-pop band from Oklahoma with a sound very similar to that of general market artist Depeche Mode and Erasure. The group did not gain widespread exposure until it’s second independent album was re-released on Star song. in 1991. Even then the self-titled project was trashed by True Tunes as “a lackluster record” that had the rare distinction of being a techno record that was impossible to dance to.” CCM just thought the sound was about four years behind what was happening in the secular scene. In retrospect, the group should at least be given credit for being one of the first bands in American Christian music to experiment with the Euro-tech sound; they beat Code of Ethics to the punch and were a good four years ahead of The Echoing Green and Joy Electric. From the eponymous album, the song “Voyager” got the most notice, using the theme of God leading the Israelites as a metaphor for guidance through modern wildernesses. Five years later, the forgotten band would emerge again with Out of Egypt, which was much better received. The album kicks into gear with spage-age keyboards on “After the Rain” and then melds easily into a highly melodic number called “Run to You.” Industrial touches enhance “Love Is”, while “Invitation (96)” has a darker edge reminiscent of The Cure. Lyrically, the album is poetic while retaining a clear, explicitly Christian focus.
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