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Christian Eede
7 December 2022, 12:23

Orbital release new single, 'Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)': Listen

It's the second song to be unveiled from forthcoming album 'Optical Delusion'

Orbital release new single, 'Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)'

Orbital have shared a brand new single, called 'Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)'.

Featuring vocals from The Mediæval Bæbes, it's the second song to be unveiled from Orbital's forthcoming album, 'Optical Delusion', which they announced in October with the Sleaford Mods-featuring lead single 'Dirty Rat'.

'Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)' opens the upcoming album and revolves around a refrain of the old nursery rhyme 'Ring O'Roses'. You can watch a video for the track below.

Speaking about the new song, Orbital's Paul Hartnoll said in a statement: "It was a track made in the pandemic and I felt a real pull to use the vocal from 'Ring O’Roses', the original pandemic song from the Middle Ages.

"It made me feel a connection with all those who suffered before without the help of our modern technology. The music reflects the modern world while The Mediæval Bæbes' vocals take us back to the times it has happened before, an old song becomes relevant again."

'Optical Delusion' will be Orbital's 10th studio album, and is set for release on 17th February via London Records. Recorded in the pair's Brighton studio, it will be their first LP since 2018's 'Monsters Exist' and features new productions by Orbital, as well as contributions from Penelope Isles, Anna B Savage, The Little Pest, Dina Ipavic, Coppe and Sleaford Mods.

'Optical Delusion' follows the duo's '30 Something' retrospective LP, which was released earlier this year to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The album included a number of remixes of their past tracks, by producers including Logic1000, Shanti Celeste, Dusky, ANNA, Jon Hopkins and Joris Voorn.