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on 6 November 2005
As an orbsessed Orb I can't hide some disappointment when listening to this album the first time. I mean, I really like the Kompakt label and it's 'sound' and an Orb album on this label as a one-off would be cool, but if this is the new direction they want to take for all there music then I’m scared they will just blend in the numerous of other fantastic Kompakt releases and not stand out anymore as the wacky unique sounding pioneers of Ambient/dub like they did on Orbus Terrarum or Orblivion.
When I think Orb I think, soundscapes, wicked dub basses, humor, spoken word and chaotic melodies ... above all a feel that this music is a collage of sounds, very spontaneously though crafty sculptured into this amazing novel music. Ofcourse I want my favourite electronic band to evolve, but I’m not sure they do with this album. This sounds more like a spin-off project. (Maybe it is ?)
This being said though, I don’t hate this album. When I got over the initial letdown I started to listen to it for what it is, a fine minimal electronica album mainly produced by Thomas Fehlman I think, witch is not a bad thing, I Love Visions of Blah and especially Flow EP.
I find myself playing it frequently, mostly in my car and it does draw my attention, the cool groove of Ripples that pulls you to the the funky bass in the more up-tempo Captain Korma, ‘Beautytude’ reminds me of Orblivion a bit, with it’s jingly bleep things ;) . Oh, here we have ‘Cool Harbour’ , again. I like ‘Traumvogel’ for it’s melancholic atmosphere. It’s only when ‘Before Because’ starts that I get really drawn into the Orb mood, yes, I like this one a lot. This song tells a story. ‘Kompania’, we know from Bicycles and Tricycles, it’s new mix but, doesn’t really stun.
Overall, a nice album, that does draw you into this minimal state, focussed and relaxed at the same time, sometimes shaking about ;) but … not the Orb at it’s best imo.