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One of the most successful and accomplished record producers in the world with a career that spans six decades and accounts for over 200 million record sales, multiple Grammy and Ivor Novello Award wins, William Orbit officially returns to announce his forthcoming album. “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 working with U2, Blur, Madonna, All Saints and countless others. The Painter, his first brand new album in over eight years is slated for release on August 26th via Warner Records, now available to pre-order here or pre-save on streaming sites here.

After an extraordinary and challenging period of inactivity (read more about this fascinating period of his life here), William was ready to make new music again. With his beautiful and unmistakable sound, his return to music with The Painter has been with the same passion, inventiveness and creative desire as his first. In addition to the announcement, William also shares the album’s debut single “Colours Colliding” featuring Polly Scattergood, epitomizing the angelic sound of the entire album – wistful, dreamy and all carried along with a delicate piano hook. Listen to it here.

The long awaited follow up to his 2014 self-released Orbit Symphonic, The Painter is William at his captivating best. The album is an emotional outpouring of art for Orbit who also designed and painted all of the record’s artwork. On making the record Orbit 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”

For his twelfth studio album, he settled on the title 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, realizing whilst making it it was… “a very painty kind of album!”

The album brings together his quintessential and distinctive electro-pop production and songwriting, combined with a plethora of vocal collaborations, including those he has previously worked with including Katie Melua and Beth Orton, as well as working with artists from around the world including the like-minded-electro-pop artist Polly Scattergood, Mercury Award nominee and pioneering synth-pop innovator Georgia, trip-hop sensation from Colorado Natalie Walker, vocalist and songwriter of Hot Natured and Infinity Ink’s Ali Love, Columbia’s eclectic and pioneering Lido Pimienta, the multi-talented Ghanian producer, song-writer and vocalist Gloria Kaba, American born composer and songwriter Laurie Mayer and the sampled vocal from the incredible Tanzanian musician Hukwe Zawose.

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!”

Listen to “Colours Colliding” and pre-order/save The Painter above, find full album details below and stay tuned for more from William Orbit coming soon.

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William Orbit
The Painter
August 26, 2022
Warner Records
1. Duende (feat. Katie Melua)
2. Bank of Wildflowers (feat. Georgia)
3. I Paint What I See (feat. Beth Orton)
4. Heshima kwa Hukwe (feat. Hukwe Zawose)
5. Nuestra Situación (feat. Lido Pimienta)
6. The Diver (feat. Natalie Walker)
7. Colours Colliding (feat. Polly Scattergood)
8. Gold Coast
9. Second Moon
10. Promethean Lies (feat. Ali Love)
11. Planet Sunrise
12. No Other World (feat. Beth Orton)
13. Free Glo (feat. Gloria Kaba and Laurie Mayer)