The Orb & David Gilmour – Metallic Spheres In Colour (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 40:02 minutes | 403 MB | Genre: Electronic, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy
‘Metallic Spheres’ by The Orb and David Gilmour, the guitar and voice of Pink Floyd, has been reimagined and remixed as ‘Metallic Spheres in Colour’. Of this rework, producer Youth says ‘The idea for ‘Metallic Spheres in Colour’, was that Alex Paterson (founder of The Orb) could have done more on the first version, and he didn’t really have the opportunity because we had a philosophy of making the music like the ‘Blade Runner’ soundtrack meets ‘Wish You Were Here’. So, I asked him why don’t we remix it and make it like an Orb classic? And in doing that, it’s almost like a completely different album’.
Leaders of psychedelia in their respective generations, one captivated by LSD, the other by ecstasy, Pink Floyd and The Orb were destined to cross paths one day, in this life or the next. This finally occurred in 2009, in this dimension, when David Gilmour, the guitarist and singer of Floyd was working on a record in support of the British hacker Gary McKinnon, who was at risk of being extradited to the USA. Gilmour contacted Martin “Youth” Glover, producer and bassist of Killing Joke, as well as unofficial member of The Orb, which was led since the beginning by Alex Paterson. The trio met up in the studio for a day and Gilmour played his guitar over a Vangelis-like beat concocted by Youth and Alex Paterson, which resulted in the album “Metallic Spheres,” with two soaring tracks of 28 and 20 minutes long.
Almost fifteen years later, Youth and Paterson decided to return to the project in order to give it a colour more in keeping with the work of The Orb, thus leading to a version of “Metallic Sphere”, now “in Colour.” “Alex […] could have done more on the first version, and he didn’t really have the opportunity because we had a philosophy of making the music like the Blade Runner soundtrack meets Wish You Were Here. So, I asked him, Why don’t we remix it and make it like an Orb classic? And in doing that, it’s almost like a completely different album,” Youth explains. Didgeridoo, bird sounds, an aurora borealis of synths, film clips, dublike atmospheres that become more and more ambient as the four tracks go on, and finishing entirely in the cosmos during the last ten minutes, perfectly fulfilling all contractual obligations. A record to let play in the background so that your vibratory frequency shoots up the Bovis scale. – Smaël Bouaici
1-1. The Orb – Round Side: Seamless Solar Spheres of Affection Mix: Movement 1 (11:27)
1-2. The Orb – Round Side: Seamless Solar Spheres of Affection Mix: Movement 2 (08:40)
1-3. The Orb – Flat Side: Seamlessly Martian Spheres of Reflection Mix: Movement 3 (10:47)
1-4. The Orb – Flat Side: Seamlessly Martian Spheres of Reflection Mix: Movement 4 (09:07)