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Although Metallic Spheres is a three-track EP, it stretches out just shy of an hour. What's more impressive is that the Orb landed David Gilmour in the studio, where he actually played outside on the deck. While many modern musicians hark back to more obvious Floydian influences such as The Wall or anything involving the late, great Syd Barrett, Metallic Spheres recalls those electronic experiments recorded on Ummagumma and the orchestral parts of Atom Heart Mother. Gilmour's lap-steel revives tones last heard with his work on Unicorn's 1974 debut Blue Pine Trees. His guitar is instantly recognizable on "Metallic Side" — so much that he may need to dust off the laser light-show should he ever join the Orb in a live setting. "Sphere's Side" opens with samples of seals under ice from Werner Herzog 2007's documentary Encounters at the End of the World before the Orb's signature ambiance bubbles and blossoms with familiar beats and layered progressions of natural sounds. "The Cult of Youth Ambient Mix, Pts 1 & 2 (Edit)" mashes both movements in a CliffsNotes-esque summation.

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The Pink Floyd/Orb connection was obvious from the beginning so it's fitting to see Glimour, obviously the more spacey influence in Pink Floyd (as Waters pursues his Wall tour), mix it up with The Orb. Alex et al. dishes out what I could describe in simple terms as The Orb and David Gilmour make Tangerine Dream tracks (old Tangerine Dream, like Tangram). But the textures are so much more here - Orb fans will be in heaven and Floyd fans might rejoice in hearing great Floydian headphone music. I'm more partial to the shorter Spheres Side track (in stereo, because you really ought to have this in the headphones) than the first but they are really parallels with the Cult of Youth Ambient Mix making it into a digestible 5 and a half minutes. This is a great album for ambient fans: if you didn't really like Meddle or the long version of Blue Room, move along- but since you're still reading, you'll need to just go over there, click on "Buy Album" and take an hour for a nice aural trip.

Analog Chill and Ambient Music

Nowadays nearly every music producer uses computers for recording. Most of them even use software instruments and are not able to play a real guitar or keyboard....Well.....The Orb and Metallic Spheres is different. It is all natural and analogue. That's why I love it. Anyway....good electronic ambient music can be found on the Compilation Series Baltic Chill Café, Vol. 1 & 2, but I had to search a lot to find it!

Penelope Spheres...

I was a bit skeptical, but this is classic Orb with a Floydian twist. Moments throughout this album, especially the last few mintutes or so of "Spheres Side", rival the more beautiful moments of "White River Junction". It's great in the car, but headphones at home are even better. Thanks to everyone for the reviews and recommendation, and of course to Dr. LX and Mr. Gilmore, et al.


Formed: 1989 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Orb virtually invented the electronic genre known as ambient house, resurrecting slower, more soulful rhythms and providing a soundtrack for early-morning ravers once the clubs closed their doors. The group popularized the genre as well, by appearing on the British chart show Top of the Pops and hitting number one in the U.K. with the 1992 album U.F.Orb. Frontman Dr. Alex Paterson's formula was quite simple: he slowed down the rhythms of classic Chicago house and added synth work and effects...
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