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The Orb Celebrate 25 Years and a New Album at Webster Hall

October 31st, 2013

Back in the late ’80s, English electronic group the Orb used soulful rhythms that were slower than traditional house music in helping to kick-start ambient house. To match the music, when playing live the Orb (above, doing “Little Fluffy Clouds” at this year’s Glastonbury Festival) perform in front of vivid light shows and psychedelic imagery, which initially earned them comparisons to Pink Floyd. The lineup has changed over the years—now spearheaded by Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann—but they’ve still continued to have critical and commercial success, while touring the world, remixing others and releasing their own singles and full-lengths, including this year’s More Tales from the Orbservatory (stream it below), a collaboration with dub godfather Lee “Scratch” Perry. And in celebration of their 12th LP and their 25th anniversary, the Orb have hit the road, which brings them to Webster Hall on Saturday night.