Orbital Call It Quits Again; Paul Hartnoll Shares New Solo Project 8:58

Orbital Call It Quits Again; Paul Hartnoll Shares New Solo Project 8:58
UK electronic pioneers Orbital have announced their breakup… again. The brotherly duo, consisting of Paul and Phil Hartnoll, released a statement via their official website this morning (October 21) explaining their decision to disband.

"We've had our ups and downs, and it's not always been easy, but I've loved my time with Orbital," said Paul. "It's been brilliant that we've been able to take our music to so many places… But nothing lasts forever and it's time to stop."

Emerging from the UK's acid house scene and reinventing UK dance music throughout the '90s, the band previously broke up back in 2004. They reunited in 2012 for what now stands as their last studio album, Wonky.

"It was particularly nice to get such a lovely reception when we got back together a few years ago," Paul's statement continues. "We made the Wonky album specifically to play live and these shows over the past few years have been a real high point in many ways."

But despite the success of the reunion, both brothers are looking to move ahead with their musical careers. Phil is focusing on his DJ work, while Paul has already unveiled plans for a new solo project under the moniker 8:58.

He describes is as "a continuation of my work from the past 25 years but with a new vitality taking me on to something fresh," though he still looks forward to incorporating Orbital favourites into his live shows.

8:58's self-titled debut LP is due out February 16, and there's already a video for lead single, which is titled — you guessed it — "8:58." Watch it below.