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:

    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