Released today - July 26th - Orbital's "The Crane" featuring Dina Ipavic takes listeners on a captivating musical journey in a way that only the Hartnoll brothers can; blending familiar soundscapes with fresh new atmospherics.
The track - previously a bonus track on the deluxe version of recent album Optical Delusion - opens with an intriguing industrial sample, leading into a surprising and contrasting soft piano section, a departure from previous piano-driven works such as Kein Trink Wasser with it's harder-edged piano stabs.
The track effortlessly balances accessibility and innovation - there's something for everyone here. The beat is inviting while Dina Ipavic's vocals are beautifully haunting. There's something familiar about the production of The Crane that's reminiscent of their earlier releases, bringing a sense of intimacy to anyone who's listened to Snivilisation and In Sides.
Throughout the song, a persistent scraping metallic sound adds a unique texture, giving the tune an industrial edge. At the same time, the incorporation of a classic, old-school bassline defies any notions of modern influences, brilliantly highlighting Orbital's skill in seamlessly fusing diverse elements together.
"The Crane" exemplifies electronic music at its finest, seamlessly merging diverse sounds and styles into a cohesive and enjoyable listening experience.
If you know Orbital, this is par for the course. A brilliant addition to an impeccable catalogue.