Cydonia [Expanded]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Comprised of recordings made just after 1997's Orblivion and subsequently trapped in major-label-restructuring limbo for nigh on three years, Cydonia is a hodgepodge of Orb styles and sounds, a quality production that nevertheless meanders too far and duplicates too many ideas first heard on Orb records ten years in the past. Much of Cydonia the title is a reference to a region of Mars where astronauts reportedly found evidence of ancient civilization aligns to the slightly spacey, slightly noisy dub heard on Orblivion and 1995's Orbus Terrarum. Thankfully, the album also has the exquisite pacing and smooth transitions of the classic Orblivion -- a spritely Indian dub piece ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Comprised of recordings made just after 1997's Orblivion and subsequently trapped in major-label-restructuring limbo for nigh on three years, Cydonia is a hodgepodge of Orb styles and sounds, a quality production that nevertheless meanders too far and duplicates too many ideas first heard on Orb records ten years in the past. Much of Cydonia the title is a reference to a region of Mars where astronauts reportedly found evidence of ancient civilization aligns to the slightly spacey, slightly noisy dub heard on Orblivion and 1995's Orbus Terrarum. Thankfully, the album also has the exquisite pacing and smooth transitions of the classic Orblivion -- a spritely Indian dub piece "Promis" leads naturally into the lazy-day ambience of "Ghostdancing" and on into "Turn It Down," a paranoid production with the conspiracy-theory airs of earlier Orb work. Also, the trademarked Orb sense of humor is in full effect on "Egnable," wherein an English-as-a-second-language instructor grows more and more confused and incoherent over carnival-music backing. As expected from the title, "A Mile Long Lump of Lard" is another classic Orb production, with plenty of thick, shuddering industrial percussion. The biggest shock for longtime listeners is Dr. Alex Paterson's recruitment of two female vocalists Aki Omori, Nina Walsh for a pair of songs apiece. The opener, "Once More" led by Omori, is a hazy electro-pop number that brings the Orb back to the sunny pastures of 1990s "Little Fluffy Clouds." Despite a few interesting tracks though, Cydonia suffers from a pronounced lack of imagination and focus: Paterson is the only track-to-track constant in the production credits, and longtime co-producers Thomas Fehlmann and Andy Hughes make a few scattered appearances next to a parade of newer names. Despite a few tracks staking out some promising new territory merging pop, trance, and ambient-dub, Cydonia has few pleasures for the fans and not much to grab onto for those new to the band. [Island UK issued a remastered/expanded edition in 2008, which included 12 bonus tracks, including "EDM" heard only on the British version of the album, alternate versions of five Cydonia tracks, and six remixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 600753084243
  • Catalog Number: 5308424

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Once More (4:18)
  2. 2 Promis (5:27)
  3. 3 Ghostdancing (7:29)
  4. 4 Turn It Down (8:39)
  5. 5 Egnable (1:58)
  6. 6 Firestar (0:46)
  7. 7 A Mile Long Lump of Lard (6:21)
  8. 8 Centuries (4:22)
  9. 9 Plum Island (5:22)
  10. 10 Hamlet of Kings (7:56)
  11. 11 1, 1, 1 (0:36)
  12. 12 Edm (4:12)
  13. 13 Thursday's Keeper (4:07)
  14. 14 Terminus (11:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Centuries (4:42)
  2. 2 Ghostdancing (6:45)
  3. 3 Hamlet of Kings (7:58)
  4. 4 Firestar (1:14)
  5. 5 Centuries (4:01)
  6. 6 Once More (4:53)
  7. 7 Plum Island (5:21)
  8. 8 Promis (5:46)
  9. 9 Once More (8:04)
  10. 10 Turn It Down (9:03)
  11. 11 Terminus (11:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Orb Primary Artist
Robert Fripp Guitar
Nick Burton Bass Guitar
Nina Walsh Guitar, Vocals
Be-1N scratching
Bailey Harper Electric Guitar
Aki Omori Vocals
James Clancy Flute
Simon Phillips Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
The Orb Producer, Audio Production
Jimmy Cauty Remixing
Robert Fripp Composer
Tom Green Composer
Nick Muir Remixing
Dr. Alex Paterson Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Audio Production
Guy Pratt Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Thomas Fehlmann Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Weston Composer
Witchman Audio Production
Kris Needs Sleeve Notes
George Holt Engineer
John Digweed Remixing
Andy Hughes Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Phillipe Le Gonidec Composer
Nina Walsh Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Audio Production
Keiron McGarry Remastering
Aki Omori Composer
Phillips Composer
John Roome Composer
James Clancy Composer
Simon Phillips Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
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