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on 29 January 2011
The Orb featuring David Gilmour - Metallic Spheres (Columbia)
The Orb, or Alex Paterson as his Mum calls him, and David Gilmour first collaborated on a cover of Graham Nash's "Chicago" for a charity project. They obviously got on because producer Youth was invited to join them for Metallic Spheres, an album of two parts, and designed to be heard in just that way.
Part one, the "Metallic Side" and the second part, "Spheres Side", are both beat-heavy soundscapes - there are scattered vocals - with Gilmour's guitar, though treated and manipulated, recognizable throughout. The result can be compared most readily to the Eno / Fripp collaborations of the `70s, though neither of the pieces here can compare to the glacial majesty of "Heavenly Music Corporation", or even a "Swastika Girls", but it has its moments, often before the beats become overbearing. 6/10.