The latest album from Phil Hartnoll and Paul Hartnoll features singles ‘Dirty Rat’, featuring post-punk duo Sleaford Mods, ‘Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)’ with The Mediaeval Baebes on vocals and the latest from the LP ‘Are You Alive?’ featuring Penelope Isles.
The seeds for the album were sown during the pandemic lockdowns, with most of the music being recorded in the uncertain ‘After Times’. It marked the first time the brothers worked mostly separately, each contributing tracks due to social distancing separating the pair during the music making process.
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To celebrate the release the Hartnoll brothers will be embarking on a nine-date UK tour between March 29 and April 8, taking their famous live set to Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Bristol, London, Leeds, Cambridge, Nottingham and Brighton.
Last year, the Hartnoll brothers released a compilation celebrating Orbital’s 30th anniversary. ’30 Something’ featured reinterpretations of a number of their classic tracks including ‘Chime’, ‘Satan’ and ‘Belfast’ by the likes of Jon Hopkins, ANNA and David Holmes.
It also featured studio recordings of a number of tracks that had previously only been played in live sets.
‘Optical Delusion’ is available on vinyl, CD, and digitally. To purchase click here.
Stream ‘Optical Delusion’ below:
Full tracklist of for ‘Optical Delusion’:
1. Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song) (feat. The Mediaeval Baebes)
2. Day One (feat. Dina Ipavic)
3. Are You Alive? (feat. Penelope Isles)
4. You Are The Frequency (feat. The Little Pest)
5. The New Abnormal
6. Home (feat. Anna B Savage)
7. Dirty Rat – With Sleaford Mods
8. Requiem For The Pre Apocalypse
9. What A Surprise (feat. The Little Pest)
10. Moon Princess (feat. Coppe)
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Written by: Tim Hopkins