Following the recent release of their brand new album Moonbuilding 2703 AD on Kompakt masters of ambient The Orb beam down to planet Berlin for a live session at Gretchen Club in Kreuzberg this autumn.
Veritable pioneers of electronic music, iconic act THE ORB returns to Kompakt with the new full-length MOONBUILDING 2703 AD – another major slice of psychedelic synth bliss, obscure loops and deep ambient textures tossed in swinging breakbeats and powerful basslines. Installing a forward momentum rather unusual for a genre-defying project like this, the latest effort from masterminds Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann follows their 2005 album success on Kompakt, the cheekily named “Okie Dokie It’s The Orb On Kompakt” (KOMPAKT CD 45), as well as several contributions to our Speicher and Pop Ambient series – but more importantly, it finds the legendary duo at the peak of its creativity, ringing in another essential phase in what can only be called a ground-breaking career.
True to form, the new offering MOONBUILDING 2703 AD features a small track list, but turns each one of its four cuts into a mini epic in its own right. Opener GOD’S MIRRORBALL hits the ground floating, employing a handful of cozy statics to great effect before finally discharging into an intricate mosaic of atmospheric melodic sketches and gripping rhythms. With a hypnotic runtime of more than 14 minutes, it immediately establishes a blueprint for the other album tracks to follow, perfectly illustrating the vast extent of the artists’ vision and their impressive skills in luring in listeners – welcome to THE ORB’s sonic labyrinth, where nothing is what it seems and the unexpected waits just around the corner.
The Orb LIVE
Sunday, 18 October 2015 | 21:00 CET
Gretchen | Obentrautstr. 19-21 | 10963 Berlin/Kreuzberg