UK electronic music duo Orbital (brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll) shared the music video for Smiley, from their new album 30 Something.
They say that Smiley is inspired by Orbital’s origins as part of the late 80s rave scene, and also references the iconic Smiley Face pop culture symbol, which is officially 50 years old this year. Trademarked by French journalist Franklin Loufrani in 1972, the image was famously adopted as a symbol of Acid House.
Here’s what they have to say about the new album:
“Orbital missed their actual thirtieth anniversary due to lockdown, but it gave Paul and Phil pause to think and find a way to celebrate their past that was actually about the future.
Unlike other Best Of’s, the ‘30-Something’ album contains reworks, remakes, remixes and re-imaginings of landmark Orbital tracks, based on the duo’s unrivalled live show. Satan, The Box, Impact, Belfast and more appear in new ’30-Something’ guises, familiar yet new, time reversing, yesterday becoming tomorrow.
Plus new track ‘Smiley’ Also including remixes from Yotto, ANNA, Jon Hopkins, Dusky, Joris Voorn, Logo 1000, Eli Brown, Shanti Celeste and more.”
30 Something is available now.