Music Reviews
The Orb

The Orb

No Sounds Are Out of Bounds

Cooking Vinyl

After thirty years of ambient house music and bringing spaced-out clubsters back to earth, The Orb still has that magic ability to calm the raging seas and wipe up the spilled glow stick juice with a complex, quiet sound. We open with a strong female vocal in “The End of The End,” her lyrics make sense and slip promptly between actual chords and energized loops. It’s a promising beginning to the ride, and this ride goes on for over an hour. We transition to the next track via a sports car zooming away only to be seduced into “I Wish I Had A Pretty Dog.” It’s the same vocal trick they used in “Little Fluffy Clouds;” the vocals are sampled, repeated, and tossed into an audio salad with croutons and a ginger vinaigrette dressing.

Tracks flicker by like streetlights seen from a late-night metro in the soggy rain of a cold European night. Melody fades away, samples now seem nearly random, yet an underling patterns wink at us. We wink back, but no connection forms: the ideas, the sounds, the samples and the electronics plays over a soundscape of random sources, modulated by a pre-planned coda of effects. We easily migrate over to a totally different soundscape and imagine hearing it applied to a classical sonata or fugue; the process delivers equally entertaining results. We have a story: there’s an arc, a concept and a bridge. They’re just juxtaposed to keep you from sinking too deeply into the folds of your own brain. But your brain is now happy, and so are you. Dream on…

https://www.theorb.com/


Recently on Ink 19...

Clint Black at Riverside Casino and Resort

Clint Black at Riverside Casino and Resort

Features

Jeremy Glazier reports from this late 2023 concert packed with fantastic music, lighting, and displays that give the feeling of a two-hour Clint Black Live at Riverside Casino and Resort music video.