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VINE VOICEon 6 April 2007
One of William Orbit's rarer releases, this was released in 1995, around the time of his Strange Cargo Hinterland album and also on N-Gram, the label he had recently set up. An Orbit release in all but name, this is very much in the vein of Strange Cargo 3 and Hinterland, with the added input of Rico Conning and long-time collaborator Laurie Mayer.

The music is unmistakably William Orbit, with all his trademarks in place - beautiful, layered electronics, dubby sub-basslines, sparce guitar work and Laurie Mayer providing haunting, etherial vocals. With hindsight, the move from here to Madonna's Ray Of Light is not a great leap, a lot of ideas and influence Orbit brought to that excellent album (by far her finest in my opinion) are already here, though without the commercial sheen. Not that that detracts from this in any way, though, it's probably more endearing because of it.

Coming in at 59 minutes, there's a lot of great music on this CD, certainly one to track down for fans, and together with his 2 releases as Bass-o-matic shows there's more to William Orbit than just the Strange Cargo albums. Essential!
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on 7 June 2011
Channel 4 were well in front in the late 80s when they did a series of programs called The Art Of Landscape where ambient sounds met Classical ones and never more so than when Claire Hamill combined Pachelbel with her own music for a single called Someday We Shall Be Together plus its attendant album Voices.The 90s would see Richard James Souther interpreting the music of 12th century composer Hildegarde Bingen and Cloquet & Calvi's Pilgrimage which starred legitimate opera singer Catherine Bott.With the floodgates now open similar works came thick and fast-producer William Orbit and vocalist Laurie Mayerfounded Torch Song naming the sole album after a Walter Whitman poem and threw in a cover of Irma Thomas' Ruler Of My Heart,East Of Java more or less reformed with girl singer Janet Layton Brown and various members of the Gadgets,Sonia Slaney (Electra Strings) and Paul Clarvis founded the Village Life label and put out over a dozen ambient albums while another Electra String went solo and Jocelyn Pook had her music used in the film Eyes Wide Shut.
Meanwhile William Orbit was turning out solo albums including one of classical interpretations and finally made the Top 10 with Pieces in a Modern Style the album becoming a best seller.
Somehow the music of Benjamin Britten fit into all this sort of thing and an album came out where a girl chorus was used (the Vasari Singers) instead of the usual boy choirs and a 2nd one with the Toronto Childrens' Choir
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on 10 June 2002
This lesser known studio production from William Orbit follows the unique sound with which he has become synonimous through the Strange Cargo series. This production is a glittereing example of his chilled beats resonating from the umbra and filling the brain of the individual with floaty luxurious sensations. More refined even than Strange Cargo 4 .... Towards the unknown region is a journey that gives the distinct sensation of moving, Orbit combines powerful ambience with an enigmatic approach to stiring deeply burried emotions filling you with sense of the the unknown wilderness. Exercise caution if listening in the wilderness .. you might drift away permanently. A hidden Gem.
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VINE VOICEon 4 April 2007
One of William Orbit's rarer releases, this was released in 1995, around the time of his Strange Cargo Hinterland album and also on N-Gram, the label he had recently set up. An Orbit release in all but name, this is very much in the vein of Strange Cargo 3 and Hinterland, with the added input of Rico Conning and long-time collaborator Laurie Mayer.

The music is unmistakably William Orbit, with all his trademarks in place - beautiful, layered electronics, dubby sub-basslines, sparce guitar work and Laurie Mayer providing haunting, etherial vocals. With hindsight, the move from here to Madonna's Ray Of Light is not a great leap, a lot of ideas and influence Orbit brought to that excellent album (by far her finest in my opinion) are already here, though without the commercial sheen. Not that that detracts from this in any way, though, it's probably more endearing because of it.

Coming in at 59 minutes, there's a lot of great music on this CD, certainly one to track down for fans, and together with his 2 releases as Bass-o-matic shows there's more to William Orbit than just the Strange Cargo albums. Essential!
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on 6 April 2013
I was lucky to buy both of the Torch Song albums on vinyl from the London Virgin Music store back in the day. It was great to able to get the remainder on CD at such a reasonable price. Good service and timely delivery. Great music too :-)
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on 27 November 2008
Back in the days when I'd (occasionally) buy albums based on their covers, this particular release came to my attention. As it turns out it is an absolute gem; I still find this great for relaxing, it really lifts me up.
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on 7 August 2004
I've owned a copy of this CD for nearly 10 years and it still remains one of my favourites. After a long night of clubbing this is the ideal album to take the edge off. Relax, settle in with your loved one, and watch the sun rise. A true classic.
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