December 16, 2009

Orbital//Halcyon & On & On

And while we’re on a bit of an electronic music kick…
I’m beginning to think I should just ask Ali to come do some guest posting here, since I unabashedly poach so many songs from her.

I can’t even listen to the opening piano notes of this song without being transported back to my freshman year of college. At the beginning of school, everyone was sharing music like crazy and people were being opened up to bands and groups they had never heard of, as well as bonding over slightly obscure shared favorites (Archers of Loaf). Ali downloaded this onto my roommate/BFF Kot’s computer and we became hooked on it.

Orbital, an electronic duo made of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll, has been cranking out the pretty electronica and ambient techno since 1989. Though these have never really been my favorite genres, the skill and craft of what these guys do is pretty impressive.

Recorded in 1999 at Glastonbury, in a time before the word “mashup” entered the popular vocabulary, this live version of Orbital’s “Halcyon & On & On” served up a pleasant surprise halfway through in the form of expertly cut and layered samples from Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth.” Eight years into the era of Girl Talk, this relatively simple bit of mixing still produces a truly astounding artist effect.

Halcyon & On & On (Live).mp3

Shot to the heart
And you’re too late
You give love
A bad name


lovelikeboom said...

I sang Bon Jovi's original version last night at post-holiday party karaoke (aka "drink way too much in front of your coworkers and make a fool of yourself fest").


g said...

Funny. I actually went to Anika's work party and karaoke'd this last night: