Orbital have decided to disband “for the final time,” bringing the second phase of their career to an end after a five-year run that included several major tours, a performance alongside Stephen Hawking at the opening ceremony of London’s Paralympics, and one final album (2012′s Wonky LP) that featured a collaboration with Zola Jesus (“New France”).
“We’ve had our ups and downs, and it’s not always been easy, but I’ve loved my time with Orbital,” Paul Hartnoll said in a statement. “It was particularly nice to get such a lovely reception when we got back together a few years ago. We made the Wonky album specifically to play live and these shows over the past few years have been a real high point in many ways. The shows and the audiences have been amazing.
He continued, “But nothing lasts forever and it’s time to stop. Since finishing the soundtrack with Flood & PJ Harvey for the BBC One television show Peaky Blinders, I’ve now got my own new project, 8:58, which I’m really excited about. It’s a continuation of my work from the past 25 years but with a new vitality taking me on to something fresh, mixed with the best of what I’ve put into Orbital. Expect some live shows soon where I will be playing a mixture of my new music alongside my Orbital favorites.”
As for what Paul’s brother Phil plans on doing from this point on, he is taking a break from producing music at the moment and focusing on DJing. “I am really enjoying playing a mixture of my own exclusive Orbital remixes mixed with some great new dancefloor tracks,” he explained. “I have also been discovering so much talent along the way and look forward to potential collaborations. Orbital has been fantastic, but like the Bond movie ‘Never Say Never Again’.”
Orbital first broke up in 2004, after 15 years together and such classic ambient-house albums as Orbital 2 and In Sides. Check out one of their final music videos below, along with Paul’s first 8:58 transmission, taken from a record that’s set for release next February and available for pre-order through a PledgeMusic campaign here.