William Orbit releases ‘Bank of Wildflowers (feat. Georgia)’ the second single taken from his forthcoming album ‘The Painter’ which is released on 26 August through Warner Records.
A quintessentially beautiful track from William Orbit, its combination of his unmistakable production and sound with the alluring vocal of Mercury Prize nominee Georgia makes for a dream-like summer track that conjures visions of escapism on those long summer days – listen now here.
Taken from Orbit’s first album in over eight years, ‘The Painter’ is due for release on 26 August and proved to be an emotional outpouring of art for William who also designed and painted all of the record’s artwork. On making the record he says, “I had been away from music making for some years, holed up in a beach town in California, painting, and writing about my life and reflecting on general observations. Then, back in London, inspiration struck with a vengeance. I was feeling the same spirit as I had in the mid 90s.
“It was a blessing to have the exquisite contributions from the artists who appear on the album. And a thrill to explore new technologies. It is one of my very best, with the difference being gaining an understanding of a totally new landscape of means to present it to people’s ears”
William Orbit is one of the most successful and accomplished record producers in the world. With a career that spans six decades, he accounts for over 200 million record sales and multiple Grammy and Ivor Novello Award wins, his return to music with ‘The Painter’ has been with the same passion, inventiveness and creative desire as his first.
After an extraordinary and challenging period of inactivity, William was ready to make new music: “I felt as on fire as I last did in about 1996” he exclaims – a time when he was unquestionably THE worlds producer-of-choice and worked with U2, Blur, Madonna, All Saints and countless others.
His twelfth studio album, is named ‘The Painter’ after he chanced upon a flyer for ‘vino and Van Gogh’ (adult art classes) – “you turn up, get drunk and mess around with cheap acrylics. I fell in love with it!” – it influenced the making of this album, realising whilst making it it was… “a very painty kind of album”!
William has ambitious plans for ‘The Painter’. “I want people to hear this,” he states. “I’m going to do some amazing versions of the songs, and I’m going to tour it. I’ll work this album really hard! And then, after all this, I’ll go and produce for other artists again and become a pop tart. Because…” He pauses, and with a mix of amazement and relief, he adds: “…I like making music again!”