ALBUM REVIEW: William Orbit – The Painter | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 26.08.22








Super techno/pop producer, and king of ambient, William Orbit returns for his first album in eight years and perhaps his first intentionally poppy in a decade in a half. Multilayered and filled with the type of dance-floor-meets-chill-out-room textures of Orbit’s greatest pop moments, The Painter provides wickedly enticing sonic canvasses for numerous collaborators (Katie Melua, Beth Orton, Ali Love) to layer interesting vocals and narratives on top of. 

Always at his best when operating in the role of producer and serving others, the wonder of The Painter is not Orbit’s ability to craft ambient pop gems, but rather his skill in not needing to show off and steal the limelight. Pop’s big names will be knocking on his door very soon.


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