There's a huge difference between ambient songs that create creepy, disturbing atmospheres and songs where nothing happens. Unfortunately, this release from Orbit Service comes hyped as the former but comes off as more of the latter. While the vocals are cool in atmosphere and there's lots of creepy delay, slow, shackled percussion and accordion, the tracks here lack true dynamics––sure, the drums might pick up the pace, the guitars might come in and crash the accordion party but it feels messy, not cleanly and clearly thought-out, although this particular kind of darkened music requires exactly that––clean breaks from one sonic territory to the next.
There are some cool moments here, though, enough to show that Orbit Service has promise, enough to save this band from being written off, at least for one more record. Guys, get rid of those Radiohead and Floyd records and slip into something more comfortable, Porcupine Tree, say.
1.Start Dreaming (5:13)
2. Dark Orange Sunset (6:58)
3. High Orbit (2:39)
4. A Song About Birds (5:08)
5. The Seven Rays (3:16)
6. How I Know You To Lie (4:24)
7. When Everything Was Dead (3:00)
8. Thought You Should Know (8:14)
9. Minutes, Dollars, Days (5:33)
10. Sad Syrup (5:51)
11. Down Again (8:12)
Total Time: 58:12