One of the most influential UK acts groups to leave their mark on the worldwide music scene is the brotherly duo of Paul and Phil Hartnoll, better known in dance music circles as Orbital. The duo launched their boundary-breaking sound over thirty years ago and have been a source of inspiration for countless artists following.
Three decades into it, the brothers Hartnoll haven’t lost a step. They recently announced the coming of an impressive 10th studio album, Optical Delusion, with the release of the lead single, “Dirty Rat,” and today they take another step toward the promised land with the premiere of new single “Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song).”
A swirling conglomerate of percussion and synths exude an enticing hypnosis—a marked duality from the grim vocal contents that linger behind. Featured group, The Mediaeval Baebes, surface to sing ‘Ring O’Roses,’ the innocent nursery rhyme whose roots are in the Black Death. Paul Hartnoll shares his insight into the track:
It was a track made in the pandemic and I felt a real pull to use the vocal from Ring O’Roses, the original pandemic song from the Middle Ages. It made me feel a connection with all those who suffered before without the help of our modern technology. The music reflects the modern world while The Mediaeval Baebes vocals take us back to the times it has happened before, an old song becomes relevant again.
With decades of experience and life perspective to draw from, Orbital’s 10th album will look to be some of their most impressive work yet. Get your taste of new single, “Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song),” below. Enjoy!