Published Jan 16, 2012In recent years, "wonky" has become one of electronic music's most oft-used descriptors, and this has evidently not gone unnoticed by Orbital. The duo are gearing up to release their first album in eight years this spring, and they've called it, yep, Wonky.
This will be the pioneering techno act's first full-length album since 2004's Blue Album. It was recorded in their home base in Brighton and mixed by mega-producer Flood in London. The much-loved Zola Jesus contributed to the song "New France."
A press release uses descriptions like "whooshing," "shimmering" and "heart-tugging harmonies," and describes the new songs as "machine-made symphonies to stir the soul and electrify the senses." According to several reports, the album is to arrive on April 1, though that release date is a strange one considering it's a Sunday.
UPDATE: According to an updated press release, the record will arrive on April 3 in North America.
"For me these feel like the most enjoyable Orbital times that we've ever had," said band member Phil Hartnoll in a statement. "It's just getting better and better. It feels like a new beginning."
For a taste of Orbital's new material, listen to the album cut "Never" below.
Never by ORBITAL