BlRR Recommended! Twilight, mastered by Grammy-award-winning engineer Matt Sandoski, explores dark, brooding territory with near-telepathic interplay. Seamless from start to finish, this eleven-song cycle sustains an ominous, slow-loping ambience suitable for doomsday -- or at least a rainy-morning shag. Armed with copious electronics and a Tibetan singing bowl, Orbit serves up a squeezebox-driven lament that recalls 16 Horsepower ("Dark Orange Sunset"), plus a scathing lesson in emotional economics ("Minutes, Dollars, Days"). Standout track "Thought You Should Know" pits memory, love and insomnia in a three-way showdown that would make the Flaming Lips proud. -John La Briola
About Orbit Service:
Constantly pushing the membrane of the musical norm, this Denver-based quartet defies definition, as well as Denver's musical reputation. Four diverse musicians converge to produce an innovative, yet hauntingly familiar resonance. Never banal, never predictable, the music of Orbit Service blends exploratory electronica with traditional instruments, ranging from acoustic guitar to accordion to Tibetan singing bowl. Orbit Service has shared the stage with musical visionary Edward Kaspel, as well as The Legendary Pink Dots, and Phillip Western of Skinny Puppy/Download.
Twilight is a journey through lavish, woeful soundscapes populated by jilted lovers, sleepless nights, and friends that are friends no more. Masterfully arranged and orchestrated, the album envelopes the listener in a seamless world of soaring peaks and dismal, barren wastelands. Hope is absent, and the anger of youth has been replaced by melancholic acceptance of the world's hastening plummet at the hands of man. The album's pristine production, handled by both the band members and Grammy Award-winning engineer Matt Sandoski, blurs the line between listener and performer. Around every bend are sonic explorations that create a moving and shared experience.
“If you have ever wondered what the Floyd would sound like today if Syd Barrett was still with them, and still in possession of most of his marbles, this album, incongruously, unexpectedly, gives us a window into that might-have-been world.”
- Uncle Nemesis, Starvox
“With the sounding of a solemn phalanx of horns, Orbit Service begins its lonely patrol around the innermost sanctums of its own dark soul. Don't let the cover art fool you -- Twilightis all about the promise of darkness, not revelling in the day that preceded it. From the opening track's entreaty, "Stay close to me / When it's too dark to see / This fountain of endless night" to the mournful beats and soaring plucks of the dirge-like "A Song About Birds", Orbit Service delivers an atmospheric dose of brooding, black hole rock. Eerie strings hang over the album like dark, velveteen drapes, and an ambient moodiness prevails.”
- Georgiana Cohen, Splendid Webzine
“On Twilight, Orbit Service's sophomore album, the experimental Denver quartet creates a mournful, decaying soundscape out of a series of musical vignettes: gently plucked acoustic guitars tangling with their distorted, plugged-in counterparts; squalls of feedback brushing up against a simple, almost rote piano figure; and skin-crawling basslines swimming beneath jazzy high-hats and chiming guitars. The disc, 11 tracks that flow together as a single piece, is a marvel of mood and creepy ambience. Orbit Service`s intricately woven lament, with echoes of Pink Floyd and the Cure‚ is a wonderful, if haunting, journey.
- Matt Sebastian, Boulder Daily Camera
“Denver's Orbit Service play a dense, multi-layered choice of tune in the vicinity of the Black Heart Procession ( think the 3 album ) and a possible score to a documentary on post-war aftermath. Headphones are highly recommended, for there are faint (and important) sections of horns (hear: "start dreaming"), swirls (all throughout Twilight), piano (hear: "when everything was dead") and ambient traces that you would likely find below a city street, hidden in a manhole, with your paranoia at its peak (hear: "high orbit"). Twilightis obviously an album that was taken quite seriously, for the details and the depth show a bands efforts to take what the late-night mind sees fully realized on album. A clinical fit of depression and this album may just send you to the early casket.”