Columbia Records will release Metallic Spheres by The Orb featuring David Gilmour on Monday 4th October.
The Orb, the successful and influential UK â€˜ambient/houseâ€™ collective, came to collaborate with David Gilmour after working together on a version of Graham Nashâ€™s â€œChicagoâ€ for a charity project.
Youth (aka Martin Glover), a frequent Orb accomplice, was invited to create a remix, and he and Alex Paterson, as The Orb, were so energized by the task that they continued working until it was an album-length entity.
Having asked Gilmour to bring his guitars to Youthâ€™s studio in South London to prolong and enrich their new creation, the trio worked up a sonic mixture in a range of styles. Thus, the Metallic Spheres project was born.
Metallic Spheres is designed to be heard in two parts – â€˜Metallic Sideâ€™ (24â€™48â€), and â€˜Spheres Sideâ€™ (25â€™09â€).
Also present are five musical sub-divisions in each part.
The album uniquely utilizes David Gilmourâ€™s discernable electric guitar and lap steel guitar, Alex Patersonâ€™s sound manipulation, keyboards and turntables, and Youthâ€™s bass guitar and keyboards.
Artwork, continuing and expanding on The Orbâ€™s spatial art style, has been created by longtime Orb visuals designer Simon Ghahary.