Orbital - Middle of Nowhere
The thing about Orbital is this: they're not a techno band. They're,
like, a New Age ambient crystals-and-windchimes band that somehow
stumbled onto a kickass drumset and a good pounding beat. It's like,
they aren't really INTENDING to put out great techno. They just want
to be Steven Reich.
But I like Orbital. I dig their album, "In Sides." First off, it's
got coolio squiggles on the cover that look like flying cartoon waffle
irons. Also, it's got a s00per-sekrit second CD in the case that I
didn't find out about for MONTHS after I had the damn album. I made
the mistake of playing the second CD for the first time on the
communal stereo at WORK. The first track, "Satan," goes like this:
I sheepishly took off the CD as soon as I could, but I kinda got the
reputation as "The Satan Guy" anyways. Totally undeserved, too.
Anyways, they've got a NEW album called "Middle of Nowhere." It's
really different from "In Sides," not so much in style as in mood. "In
Sides" is kind of a woolgathering stroll around the block. Not really
going anywhere, wondering what's gonna happen next -- kinda
mid-nineties. Remember then?
But "Middle of Nowhere" is this great, optimistic-yet-sad paean to the
edge-of-the-millenium. It makes you feel like the future is gonna be a
great place, but it's gonna take some work. It's almost majestic. Not
in a dorky way, either. It's TOTALLY cool -- kinda like Good People of
the Future music.
My favorite part of this album is the superfantastic incredible liner
notes. It's just a whole bunch of really crazy out-of-focus snapshots,
taken by the band, but they're very sunny and full of color and they
have that crazy 70s look to them that just says British techno. You
know what I mean?
Anyways, "Middle of Nowhere" beats a sucker down with a maluminum
bat. You should run out and buy it right away. Right AWAY, I said!
Like, NOW! GO!