March 4, 2000
Orbital and Angelo Badalamenti Beached(ffrr)
Orbital and Angelo Badalamenti
Bad scenes, man. On film and on headphones. It's lovely to have Orbital back, of course, but did they really have to come by cinematic blunderbuss? It probably looked good on paper in LA, getting the Hartnolls to rave up Badalamenti's classy theme to The Beach but a sense of foreboding in the strings that linger in this euphoric workout clues you up to 'Beached''s knowingness. It sounds lazy: cheesed-up by Leonardo's dopey observations, tinged with tired Ibiza house, muddled as to its own motives. For that authentic equatorial vibe, they should have asked some trance muppet. A bit like searching for paradise in the Third World, this is a sad waste.
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