Orbital’s Drifting ‘Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)’ Has A Haunting Feel

Rave meets folk horror...

Orbital have shared new song ‘Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)’.

The electronic duo will release new album ‘Optical Delusion’ on February 17th, the latest instalment in their legendary catalogue. Lead single ‘Dirty Rat’ featured sleaford mods’ very own Jason Williamson, a bruising piece of punk-edged digitalism.

‘Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song)’ is gentle, but draped in darkness. The opening song on their new album, it adapts the album old children’s song ‘Ring O’Roses’ in a haunting, affecting manner.

The nursery rhyme itself has roots in the Black Death, and this sense of lingering loss permeates a song penned in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Mediaeval Baebes sing backing vocals, a kind of rave take on folk horror tropes that works emphatically well.

Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll comments: “It was a track made in the pandemic and I felt a real pull to use the vocal from Ring O’Roses, the original pandemic song from the Middle Ages. It made me feel a connection with all those who suffered before without the help of our modern technology. The music reflects the modern world while The Mediaeval Baebes vocals take us back to the times it has happened before, an old song becomes relevant again.”

Luke Losey directs the full video, which you can check out below.

Photo Credit: Kenny McCraken

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