I asked our /slash Chairman of the Board about the band Orbital. I had heard some of their newer stuff and wondered if I was going to purchase some Orbital, where should I begin? He came through with some MusiCassettes that I have been listening to at work. I will attempt to give you (and Chris) my feedback on what I think about Orbital.
Orbital – The Green Album
The album starts with “Belfast.” a beautiful, haunting track that is layered in lush sound. It is spotted with quirky “water” sounds (for lack of a better term) and is great ambiance music.
The second track is “The Moebius.” This is about the coolest track I have ever heard. It makes you want to get some sticks and begin drumming on the table, the chair, whatever you can get your hands on! I was listening to this song on the way to the grocery store and after I got out of the car, I found myself humming this tune while I shopped. Very good track.
“Speed Freak” is a very catchy toe-tapper as well. This will definitely make you want to get up and move (not such a good thing as I listen to this at my desk at work). The break part is a nice little downspot before it kicks back into the more upbeat portion. Another track that I approve of.
“Farenheit 303” begins by lulling you into thinking this will be a slow track, but it kicks in pretty quickly. I did not find this tune as memorable as the first three and thus far, is my least favorite song. That’s not to say that I did not like it, but I liked the first three better.
“Desert Storm” evokes marching camels across the desert. I mean that in a good way. This track seems to loop on and on forever; however, the longer it goes, the more it grows on me! The little squeaky part underneath is very captivating.
“Oolaa” starts with a little disco-ey beat that you expect Vicki Sue Robinson to come out to. It’s like a little space age techno freaky track what with the beeps and boops. It’s diggable. Do dah dah, do dah dah hmmm…… Astral is the word that comes to mind.
“Chime” repeats a catchy little riff that gets lodged in your skull right from the start. There is a constant ringing underneath the main little ditty that gives some texture to the repeated ditty. Midway through the underneath part goes silent and the ditty comes out clean by itself which is pretty cool. After a few bars solo, the underneath swells into the song again and you’re swept into the hypnotizing sound. The end leaves you drifting softly into space.
“Satan” follows up with a pulsating industrial sound that segues from the previous track’s airy feel. It gives the listener the sense of some impending disaster. Very cool.
“Choice” kicks off with the synthesized sounds of snare and highhat, quickly followed by the aforementioned beeps and boops. This loopy track is very danceable. As each new person sticks their head into my office and asks “what’s this?” new Orbital fans are springing up. This tune is very uptempo, but then again, there really have been no slower tempo songs in the lot. Some angry lyrics implore us to wake up and choose either peace or annihilation. I know which I would choose. I would hope the rest of you would also. Wake up! (If you couldn’t tell, I really like this track!)
The aptly titled “Midnight” is a midtempo number that evokes the feel of the middle of the night. You are transported to a dark wonderland of lush sounds (okay, I really am still sitting in my office not working). I could envision DEAN wearing his tight pants grooving to this late night tune. This might even be the soundtrack to Room #6. (Okay, maybe I should not be envisioning DEAN grooving or wearing his tight pants.) It gets a little somber at the end of the track, but methinks it brings the dawn.
This release can be wholehearedly endorsed by pieman and most everyone else who works on my floor. I thoroughly enjoyed this slice of Orbital and it is fast becoming the soundtrack for the 3rd floor here in beautiful downtown Waterville, Maine.
At this point in the MusiCassette, Chris has added some bonus tracks from the UK version of this disc. Righteous, dude.
“Steel Code Idolatry” is one that stands out. It really brings out the “Tubular Bells” effect. It’s a pretty spare composition in the beginning, but some layers are then added as the song progresses. The haunting vocal adds intrigue to the track as well.
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