But the morning after was brutal for the Orb; by the turn of the century, the group wound up being irrelevant in the ever-mutating electronic field. Okie Dokie, its first album for Germany's Kompakt imprint after a few shimmering singles, shows the Orb tastefully deemphasizing the goofiness and adapting to the label's schaffel and pop styling. Piano and strings swirl around "Captain Korma," while "Kompania" has an ambiance composed of globs (okay, gl-orbs) of harp and guitar stretched like taffy. Who knew the Orb could age gracefully?
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