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William Orbit - Hello Waveforms

William Orbit, Hello Waveforms

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

THE unmistakable sound of William Orbit returns with Hello Waveforms, his first solo work since 2000’s Pieces In A Modern Style.

The result is an intoxicating listen that offers the perfect remedy for anyone in need of some musical relaxation therapy.

For given its themes of water and outer space, Hello Waveforms represents an ethereal, ambient, sound that successfully fuses strong melodies with electronic synths to produce Orbit’s signature sound.

Opening track Sea Green sets things off in supremely serene fashion, quielty creeping its way into your subconscious with some hypnotic synths, before teasingly dropping in a spine-tingling guitar riff and those electronic flourishes that recall the brilliance of his All Saints collaboration, Pure Shores (from the soundtrack of The Beach).

From then on the album takes a beautifully mind-bending trip through some intimate, yet uplifting soundscapes that provide near-perfect therapy for our stressed out routines.

Humming Chorus, which draws on Madame Butterfly is an ultra-mellow delight that takes the listener on a slow journey of musical meditation, while Surfin’ effortlessly conjures images of towering waves rolling in against the shore of some long lost Caribbean island. The acoustic guitars underpinning the melodic piano chords work a treat.

The imaginatively titled You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers ups the tempo slightly and is one of several tracks that contain a cinematic feel.

While Spiral introduces the vocals of the Sugababes and Kenna to scintillating effect, with the former’s dusky tones perfectly complimenting the seductive ambient beats.

Finley Quaye crops up on acoustic guitar for the sublime Who Owns The Octopus?, which boasts a genuinely compelling beat (not to mention some orchestral backing vocals).

And there’s a heavenly, soulful vibe surrounding They Live In The Sky, which helps draw the album to its satisfying finale courtesy of some melt-in-the-mouth vocals.

If you haven’t guessed already, we’re pretty big fans of Hello Waveforms and would recommend it without a moment’s hesitation.

If you’ve been a fan of Orbit’s previous work or his collaborations with All Saints, Madonna or Blur, then this strong return to form offers one of the year’s most delightfully chilled out experiences.

Track listing:

  1. Sea Green
  2. Humming Chorus
  3. Surfin’
  4. You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers
  5. Spiral
  6. Who Owns The Octopus
  7. Bubble Universe
  8. Fragamosia
  9. Firebrand
  10. They Live In The Sky
  11. Colours From Nowhere