The Orb Brings Its ‘Moonbuilding’ Skills

The Orb returns to the U.S. for a 14-city tour that includes stops in Miami, New York, Detroit, Minneapolis and Chicago.  Tickets for several markets go on sale this week.

The pioneering electronic music band from London has a new album to support – Moonbuilding 2703 AD arrives June 22 via Kompakt.

You can stream Moonbuilding 2703 AD from SoundCloud via this link.  There’s also an in-studio video to give your eyes something to watch.

While talking about the album, The Orb’s Alex Paterson just might have given the world the best description of any new music offered this year.

“It’s a solid piece of music that mutates into an eight legged lunar Land Rover and takes off into a cosmic horizon of a million sounds, patterns and textures,” Paterson said. “It spins the listener on his/her head, rewiring their brains to maximum capacity, then brings them home, sweet home.”

Thomas Fehlmann of The Orb also talked about the new album.  Or, more specifically, the new album’s creation process.

“This album and the process of its production makes me feel real good,” Fehlmann said.  “An important part of the excitement is that our working system has reached a level where we are closer than ever to an automatic recognition of each other’s ideas, and ways to transform those into sound without explanation, so we could draw directly from our creative engines.”

Here are the dates:

Sept. 4 – Miami, Fla., Bardot
Sept. 5 – Saint Petersburg, Fla., State Theatre
Sept. 6 – Atlanta, Ga., Terminal West
Sept. 10 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Sept. 11 – New York, N.Y., The Bowery Ballroom
Sept. 12 – Ardmore, Pa., The Ardmore Music Hall
Sept. 13 – Washington, D.C., The Howard Theatre
Sept. 17 – South Burlington, Vt., Higher Ground – Showcase Lounge
Sept. 18 – Montreal, Quebec, S.A.T. 
Sept. 19 – Boston, Mass., Brighton Music Hall
Sept. 23 – Minneapolis, Minn., Mill City Nights
Sept. 24 – Madison, Wis., Majestic Theatre Majestic Live
Sept. 26 – Ferndale, Mich., The Magic Bag
Sept. 27 – Chicago, Ill., Metro / Smart Bar

Presales are going on now and general onsales for many shows begin June 18.  Check out for more information.