Saturday, June 14, 2008

Explore The Orb

Ambient house inventors The Orb (now amazingly almost twenty years old - the band that is, not the musicians!) are back, and their latest creation, The Dream, is finally getting a U.S. release. The album sees the reunion of Alex Paterson (who's been with the group since the beginning) and Youth (who's traveled his own path), and is an electronic, dub happy, groove that's heavy on soundbites sprinkled liberally to add an additional layer of texture to an already melodious affair.

While you might find a lot of ambient work full of dreamy instrumentals that drift and drone on and on like one long track, with an occasional whale call here and there, The Dream's fifteen tracks fell like fifteen distinct elements, each with their own identity. Even if you don't normally open your ears to the genre, The Orb might pleasantly surprise you.

Visit their website, their label Six Degrees Records, and become their friend on MySpace.

Next month also see the re-release of the more Earthly centered Orbus Terrarum in a 2 CD edition, with the second disc containing six remixes (five of this album's tracks and the sixth, an unreleased track Peace Pudding)

The Orb - Oxbow Lakes : Orbus Terrarum

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