Ambient Sunday +1 with: The Orb, and John Derek Bishop

Ambient Sunday is a day late. Sorry. But to make up for it, tracks from The Orb, and John Derek Bishop.

The Orb need no introduction after more than 30 years. Here’s H.O.M.E (high orbs mini earths) from their new album Prism.

H.O.M.E (high orbs mini earths) is for the first half of the track a conscious throwback to their early days. Beatless and beautiful. Unusual vocal samples abound and space is everywhere. But approaching halfway beats are brought in. A reminder that The Orb always talked about Ambient House.

Space remains paramount but there’s also that danceable Orb sensation that’s too oft overlooked. Never too insistent but allowing some near peaks to ensure you get the message. Overall, the first half is classic Orb. The second half a reminder of dancing at Orb gigs but somehow not quite as essential.

For the first half of the track a beguiling listen.

John Derek Bishop (alias Tortusa) is a Norwegian-American electronic musician and producer from Stavanger, Norway. If you’re looking for a reference point this is more Global Communication or Biosphere. It’s all about the sensation of sound and something almost organic and with a warm throb of life.

The featured track is Cyan. It was made using various modular synths, electric piano and field recordings. But it’s more than the sum of its parts.

Cyan is a wash of sound with bumps and almost that metronome sound from 76:14. A beatless soundscape that allows the regular keyboard sounds to act as an almost percussive substitute. But this is a deeply relaxing track.

Electronics tinkle. Tones are held, dodging the dead hand of drone. Waves wash whether from the sea or the sound of your blood. When I put a seashell to my ear it all comes back to me.

~ by acidted on May 22, 2023.

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