What does it sound like?:
It’s fair to say The Orb are going through a bit of late-period flourish at the moment. Following a series of low key releases, and curious but wobbly hook-ups with Dave Gilmour and Lee Scratch Perry, Last year’s ‘Moonbuilding 2073 AD’ saw The Orb return to doing what they do best – extended ambient deep-space exploration in their own sound world.
This new release sees them pretty much dispense with beats -In fact this is the most ambient thing they’ve actually ever done. Beats and loping bass grooves do emerge from time to time, popping their head above the melange of samples, melodic loops and crackling Vinyl static but it never veers into full-blown dance tracks like on, say, U.F.Orb. Largely put together from loops and found sounds gathered on their recent tours, they’re also joined by Roger Eno on two tracks and long-time Orb collaborator Youth joins Dr.Alex and Thomas on a couple of numbers too.
What does it all *mean*?
This is a thoroughly delightful listen. Lots of people make music like this nowadays but nobody quite does it like T’Orb. If anything, my only complaint is I’d like it to be a bit longer. Mindful of wanting to fit onto this new fangled Vinyl format it runs to just shy of 40mins – there are tracks here that could benefit from a bit more space to develop.
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
If you liked the early Orb albums, particularly ‘Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld’ or the KLF’s seminal ‘Chill Out’ you’ll dig this.