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The Orb Bring Enough New Music for Two Shows in Two Nights

September 9th, 2015

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”) 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 well-received Moonbuilding 2703 AD (stream it below). According to PopMatters, the LP, “like many other Orb albums, is tailored for the close listener in all of us—not to pick up on the details themselves, but to witness the many details interacting with one another as they wash over you in a mental state of zero gravity. They did it again, those guys, and it will put you over the moon.” Touring in support of their recently released 13th full-length, the Orb play Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow and The Bowery Ballroom on Friday night. Michna opens both shows.