Orbital announce new album, Monsters Exist, share “Tiny Foldable Cities”: Stream

The UK outfit's first LP in six years

Orbital, photo by Kenny McCracken
Orbital, photo by Kenny McCracken

On September 14th, Orbital will return with their first album in six years. The long-awaited follow-up to Wonky, it’s called Monsters Exist and due out through ACP Recordings.

The legendary UK outfit’s first LP since reuniting live last year, it’s said to be a “more classically structured Orbital album” than its predecessor. It’s also said to draw “inspiration from the international political landscape all the way back from Paul and Phil’s pre-rave squat-punk roots right up to the volatile tensions and erratic rhetoric of today.”

“When you haven’t made an album in five years it just comes tumbling out,” one half of the brother duo, Paul Hartnoll, explains in a press statement. “Because of the global situation I was torn between writing a really aggressive Crass-type album that says ‘Fuck The Man!’ or going back to rave sensibilities. You know, let’s really rebel by stepping away and actually living that alternative lifestyle.”

Although it’s fun to guess just who these monsters are — **cough cough ** — Orbital aren’t naming names. “You don’t need to spell out who the monsters are,” adds Hartnoll. “We’re not pointing our fingers at Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un. It’s clear who the monsters are. I’ve never liked preaching to people. It’s much better to provoke a bit of thought.”

Brother Phil is taking an even more vague approach to the “monsters” concept. “It’s a reflection on modern day monsters,” he says. “That can mean anything from bankers and The Man or your own demons and fears. The monsters inside you.”

To tease the upcoming LP, Orbital have shared lead single “Tiny Foldable Cities” and its music video. Check out the hypnotic offering below.

Monsters Exist Artwork:

orbital monsters exist album Orbital announce new album, Monsters Exist, share Tiny Foldable Cities: Stream

Monsters Exist Tracklist:

Standard CD/Deluxe Edition Disc 1:
01. Monsters Exist
02. Hoo Hoo Ha Ha
03. The Raid
04. P.H.U.K.
05. Tiny Foldable Cities
06. Buried Deep Within
07. Vision OnE
08. The End Is Nigh
09. There Will Come A Time (feat. Prof. Brian Cox)

Deluxe Edition Disc 2:
01. Kaiju
02. A Long Way From Home
03. Analogue Test Oct 16
04. Fun With The System
05. Dressing Up In Other People’s Clothes
06. To Dream Again
07. There Will Come A Time – Instrumental
08. Tiny Foldable Cities – Kareful Remix

The two-piece will soon hit the road for a series of tour dates, including multiple festival appearances in Europe.

Orbital 2018 Tour Dates:
05/25 – Belfast, UK @ BBC Biggest Weekend
06/11 – Moscow, RU @ Bosco Fresh Festival
06/15 – London, UK @ Kenwood House
06/29 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Racecourse
06/30 – Hull, UK @ Innercity
07/13 – Lancashire, UK @ The Beat-Herder Festival
07/14 – Barcelona, ES @ CRUILLA Festival
07/28 – Margate, UK @ Dreamland
07/29 – Bournemouth, UK @ Camp Bestival
08/03 – Amsterdam, NL @ Dekmantel Festival
08/05 – Dublin, IE @ The BeatYard
08/11 – Gateshead, UK @ Sage Gateshead
09/01 – Bristol, UK @ The Downs
09/02 – Silsoe, UK @ Wrest Park
09/08 – Birmingham, UK @ Shiiine On 1 Day Festival
11/18 – Minehead, UK @ Shiiine On Weekender
12/15 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
12/18 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy Sheffield
12/19 – Cambridge, UK @ Cambridge Corn Exchange
12/20 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester