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Orbital share new single, ‘The Crane’: Listen

The latest cut from the pair's 'Optical Delusion' repack features classical singer Dina Ipavic

Photo by Kenny McCracken

Orbital have shared a new single, ‘The Crane’. Listen to it below. 

The track is the latest cut to be released from the pair's forthcoming 'Optical Delusion' repack, which is out on 27th September. 'The Crane' is one of two new tracks to be added to the release, along with 'Lost In Time'.

The new 'Optical Delusion' deluxe album also features remixes from Japan-born DJ, producer and classically trained pianist Manami, Plaid, Bristol-based DJ, producer and label head Yushh, and others.

The expansive electronic track features plaintive piano, scratchy strings and the celestial voice of classical singer Dina Ipavic, who as a member of the New York Choral Society has sung for the greats like Luciano Pavarotti, Aretha Franklin and Andrea Bocelli.

“The Crane came about through collaboration with the artist Giles Walker,” says Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll. “I scored his robotic installation piece called ‘Monster’, and within the piece was an Armenian folk song sung by Dina Ipavic. I found it so lovely I tried it over some piano that I’d written for the installation. They went together so beautifully that The Crane was born!”

Last year, Orbital aka Paul and Phil Hartnoll released a retrospective album '30 Something', which included refits of classic tracks such as 'Chime', 'Halcyon' and 'Belfast'.

Read DJ Mag's 2023 interview with Orbital about the recording process behind Orbital’s 10th album, ‘Optical Delusion’, the enduring popularity of 'Chime', and more.

Revisit our feature on Orbital's trailblazing 1991 debut album here.