After 15 years working together as Orbital, Paul and Phil Hartnoll have announced that their forthcoming LP the ï¿½Blue Albumï¿½ will be their last. Following the albumï¿½s release on 21st of June, Orbital will play Brixton Academy on 25th of June followed by their last ever English live show, closing the second stage on Sunday June 27th at Glastonbury.
ï¿½I think we feel that Orbital has run itï¿½s course,ï¿½ says Paul Hartnoll. ï¿½Weï¿½re both pursuing different avenues with our music. And weï¿½ve been sat, as brothers, in the same room for 15 years nowï¿½and studios are always confined spacesï¿½I think itï¿½s time for a change.ï¿½
Since their first single, ï¿½Chimeï¿½ entered the top 20 in April 1990 Orbital have released six albums and developed a live show that evolved, by common consent into one of the landmark performance shows of the last decade. They have helped to shape and develop both the character and credibility of electronic music far beyond the disposable anonymity of the first white labels and the acid house scene that they came from. In 1989ï¿½when Chime was recorded onto their dadï¿½s cassette playerï¿½noï¿½one expected things to come this far, least of all the band themselves.
The brothers extraï¿½mural interests have all informed the character of The Blue Album, the bands seventh, which evolved gradually over the course of 2003 with the band free from record company expectations and schedules for the first time since their career began. ï¿½If anything,ï¿½ says Paul ï¿½Itï¿½s closer in character to our first album than our later ones, if only because we made it in our own time and for ourselves.ï¿½
With the album complete the band are turning their attention to their final show at Glastonbury. An appropriate venue for a farewell as it was here, exactly ten years before that Orbital delivered a live show that Q magazine listed as one of the fifty greatest live show of all time. ï¿½Itï¿½s nice to know that weï¿½re finishing, itï¿½s not many bands that do that. They tend to just fade away. And itï¿½s nice to have our last gig at Glastonbury. Itï¿½s gonna be a party set, a best of Orbital. Weï¿½re not gonna sit there and try and promote the new album. I think if weï¿½re gonna do a last gig we should do distilled set of all the best stuff weï¿½ve done. And thatï¿½s what weï¿½re gonna do, play all the stuff thatï¿½s stuck around for all this time because they are the favourite ones. This will definitely be our last ever live shows,ï¿½ confirms Paul, ï¿½Although Iï¿½m sure Status Quo keep telling themselves the same thing.ï¿½