Dan Snaith on Orchestra of Spheres

We caught up with Caribou’s Dan Snaith last week and managed to pull a beautiful story about when he and Kieran Hebden of Four Tet saw Orchestra of Spheres for the first time…

orchestra of spheres are a special band. we came across them playing one of the world’s most special festivals - Camp A Low Hum - in an abandoned elementary school in rural New Zealand. i’d love to say otherwise but it’s regrettably rare that we come across genuinely inspiring unknown bands in our travels around the globe but Orchestra of Spheres were immediately obvious as one of those few exceptions. they played before us at this festival and looked and sounded like nothing else with a setup that included a gamelan and a variety of homemade electric and acoustic instruments - part Sun Ra otherworldiness, part Sublime Frequencies and part ESG. they blew Kieran, my band mates and myself away and we played the album we bought off them after the show incessantly as we drove around on the rest of the tour. later that year we invited them to travel half way around the world to play our ATP festival last December. i’ve seen several times since that first time and the magic only intensifies each time i see them. they rarely make it to these shores so see them while you can.

Orchestra of Spheres play a free (!!!) show at the Shacklewell Arms on August 23rd. Download your ticket here.