Exposé Online banner

Orbit Service — Twilight
(Beta-lactam Ring Helmet Room 783707889528, 2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2005-03-01

Twilight Cover art

Here we are adrift in a sea of melancholy. Or maybe a better metaphor would be floating in orbit. There are lots of nice textures and rich sounds on this recording, the Denver band’s second, and occasionally a nice emotional climax. If you can imagine a mixture of mid-period Pink Floyd and something gloomy from the 80s like the Cure, you’ll be in the ballpark. The arrangements are nicely varied, acoustic instruments contrasting with electric and electronic ones. Most of the songs have an acoustic guitar at their core, but it’s usually augmented with an impressive array of other sound sources – keyboards, feedback, and effects. The tempos range from slow to middling, and much attention is paid to the ambience created behind the scenes. And while the songs are well-written, it is often the lush production that sucks you in rather than compelling performances. At times, there are echoes of recent Flaming Lips and the mellower moments of Porcupine Tree. My only complaint is that a little more variety in tempo or mood could liven things up and provide a powerful contrast to the dreamy floating. As it is, the “kick it” moments are accomplished by retaining the slow speed and getting louder in ramped steps. The power is undeniable, and works as a kind of catharsis, but then we are back to floating in space.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 31, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Orbit Service

More info
http://orbitservice.bandcamp.com/album/twilight

Latest news

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

The Pineapple Thief - Someone Here Is Missing – The Pineapple Thief have always had an affinity for indie rock that’s put them at the forefront of the new generation of British prog bands. They push the envelope even further here, with a...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues