Release Date: Aug 10, 2004
Record label: HTI / ATO
Orbital's decision to call it a day after 15 years seems more like a result of the crisis in dance music than, as the press release darkly hints, that the two Hartnoll brothers have spent too long together in confined studios. The duo's seventh and final album is a far cry from the days when they took acid culture into the mainstream with the classic Chime. The Blue Album is more subtly beats-based than its predecessors; it has lengthy, almost classical sequences, and dark textures that are hard work at first but gradually reveal a haunting depth and beauty.