BICYCLES AND TRICYCLES
COOKING VINYL, SANCTUARY RELEASE:
MAY 5, 2004 (EUROPE), AUGUST 3,
2004 (USA) REVIEW: JUNE
Once, Alex Paterson was one of the
firsts to welcome you to the early
after hours of the all-night raves,
providing a groovy ambient soundtrack
when you relaxed and tripped down.
He took you on journeys to Ultraworld
and beyond and showed you fluffy little
clouds. Then the years passed, the
ravers diminished their numbers. But
Dr Paterson still continued to make
music that grooved out, throwing in
a few conspiracy theories and some
wry English humour in the mix.
This was in the early nineties. But
the good Dr Paterson is still with
us. And he has actually made his best
soundtrack to the wee hours since
"Orblivion" from 1997, hell,
maybe since "The Orb's Adventures
Beyond the Ultraworld", even!
with long time co-conspirators Simon
Phillips, Thomas Fehlmann, John Roome
and Jimmy Cauty, Paterson has created
yet another sprawling record, full
of deconstructed dub, far out electronica
and some samples from long forgotten
BBC children's shows. And damn me
if this, in all its easy nostalgia,
doesn’t actually sound better
than "Cydonia" from 2001.
"The Land of Green Ginger",
for example, is a classic piece of
trippy ambient that will have you
making circles ‘round the roof
in no time, and raptrack "Aftermath
" is a nice and surprising detour
into hip hop land for The Orb.
this album hit the shops in 1992,
it would have been a straight ten
and an instant classic. Now, it’s
a great return to those dimly lit
rooms in the early morning, with a
few novelties thrown in for good measure.
Not a classic, but great Orb-stuff,
even if you are not into nostalgia.
If you are, you’re in for a