EP Review: Blind Orbits – The Time, The Tide

Blind Orbits are veterans of the Coventry shoegaze scene. Yet, they’ve only just hit my radar thanks to their first ever EP. A sweeping three track journey, it’s called The Time, The Tide.

By Graeme Smith

Though this is their first EP, Blind Orbits have received critical acclaim in the past thanks to collaborations with other artists. They’ve worked with Wu-Tang affiliate Killah Priest and T-Mo Goodie of Goodie Mob. This new EP acts as an introduction to the band for those of us who have missed out on them so far, and it’s an introduction that will leave you hungry for more.

The EP opens with its title track. It’s a slow, contemplative start. We get lush vocal harmonies, rumbling bass, understated percussion, and looping guitar. The track drifts along dreamily, before developing into something a little more urgent as it reaches its powerful crescendo. It’s a beautiful start.

Reborn gives us some pleasingly rich bass and a melancholic groove. It paints an eerie, sinister atmosphere, giving us elements of grunge over the top of the shoegaze. Finally, we get an extended Krohme remix of Day of the Dead, the band’s collaboration with the aforementioned Killah Priest. A stripped back introduction gives way to a bass heavy arrangement and free-flowing rapped verse. Horns come in giving the track an exotic twist, and soulful pleading vocals provide the emotional climax.

Blind Orbits are Martin and Lara Orton on vocals, Matt Flood on guitar, Dave Speedy on bass, and Ciaran Corkerry on drums. The Time, The Tide was produced by Krohme and will be available on 29 September.