The Orbweavers - mesmerising, haunting and heartwarming. Drawing on a love of history and science, The Orbweavers have charmed audiences with evocative songs of creeks & quarries (Merri), greyhounds (You Can Run - Fern's Theme), volcanoes (Japanese Mountains), textile mills, historic sewerage pumping stations (Spotswood), and industrial landmarks (Match Factory). Dark and dulcet melodies, chiming guitar, violin and trumpet meld to hypnotic effect, recalling reverberant ghosts of places past.
Garnering Triple R Melbourne Album of the Week (Loom 2011), national and international praise, The Orbweavers have performed at ABC TV studios, ABC Radio National, Melbourne Music Week (2011 & 2012), National Gallery of Victoria, Brisbane Powerhouse, and supported international artists Beach House, Cass McCombs and Julia Holter. 2013 sees the release of their new double single ‘Ceiling Rose / Match Factory’ with showcases at BIGSOUND in Brisbane, AWME - Australian Worldwide Music Expo, and national touring dates. The Orbweavers are fast drawing a devoted following of their spellbinding sound.
“A particularly special Melbourne band” THE AGE MELBOURNE MAGAZINE
“an hour spent with The Orbweavers is a thoughtful conversation about spirit, adventure, home and history, not to mention the great music.” THE MUSIC
“Spine-tingling stuff.” 4ZZZ BRISBANE
“If Alice in Wonderland were ever to be filmed in the desert against a modern backdrop, then the soundtrack really ought to sound like this. File under ‘sublime and rewarding’” – TERRASCOPE UK
“Everything about The Orbweavers is effortlessly charming.” BROADSHEET
“By the time The Orbweavers came on stage the Northcote was at full capacity, which for a Sunday day show on the same day as St Kilda fest is no easy feat. However, from seeing them live it’s of no surprise at all.” FASTER LOUDER
“a gloriously dark folk outfit that has the perfect ace up their sleeve, lead guitarist Stuart Flanagan” TONE DEAF
“Loom is a rare blend of fine evocative storytelling coupled with beautifully constructed songs, whispery vocals, inspiring vivid imagery of historical sites in Melbourne and makes one want to know more about their city’s forgotten past. The songs become more potent and powerful with every listen and the melancholy tone tugs at the heart strings.” THE AU REVIEW
“The deft guitar of Stuart Flanagan and trumpet of Daniel Aulsebrook lets their dark country balladry soar and linger beautifully In their succession of quiet achievements, tonight is another win.” 2011 MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK REVIEW, ANDY HAZEL
ABOUT CEILING ROSE:
The Orbweavers delve into local urban history and deliver new material drawn from Melbourne’s built and natural environments. New single Ceiling Rose is a song about secrets and dreams, waking in the night, drifting between states of consciousness. A symbol of secrecy and confidentiality since ancient times, ceiling roses are an enduring decorative feature in Australian interior architecture, and form the central motif of this richly orchestrated single, constructed around nocturnal vocals and lush detail.
The Orbweavers are Marita Dyson on vocals, guitar and violin, Stuart Flanagan on vocals and guitar, Daniel Aulsebrook on trumpet, Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo) on bass, Jen Sholakis (Jen Cloher, Sailor Days) on drums and Stuart Lindsay on koto and organ.
Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan formed The Orbweavers in 2006, drawing on a love of history, natural sciences, museums and archives. 2009 saw the release of their debut album Graphite & Diamonds, a dark and dulcet collection of songs from the abandoned knitting mills of Brunswick, Melbourne: chiming pins and needle guitar, haunted violin, and the Moon. Closing track Diving Bell, went on to become the basis of Faux Pas' single Silver Line.
After a brief tour of Japan in 2010, Marita & Stuart began work on The Orbweavers' second album Loom, releasing double A-side single Japanese Mountains/Spotswood, a tribute to Japanese volcanoes and the historic Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station, which found a special place in Melbournians’ hearts thanks to the support of community radio stations Triple R and PBS. Over the winter of 2011, nine more tracks were recorded at home, to complete Loom.
Following sold-out launches, Triple R Album of the Week, Melbourne Music Week and National Gallery of Victoria shows, The Orbweavers continued to warm hearts with Loom’s evocative songs of local creeks & quarries (Merri), the yearnings of a bridled greyhound (You Can Run - Fern's Theme), volcanoes (Japanese Mountains), textile mills, historic sewerage pumping stations (Spotswood).
In December 2012 The Orbweavers released a new single The Hook and along with a remix of Merri from Loom:
“The Hook is about the end of a season. It was written after finding a piece of rotting wood in our yard, filled with beautiful decay from rain, moss, lichen and small insects living underneath in the hollows, making way for the next season. Reminders of passing time are often in familiar places: out in the yard, on a window ledge, in old shoeboxes. They catch, like the sting of a small hook, pulling from the past.”
“The Merri Christmas Allocasuarina Remix (a remix of Merri from Loom – Mistletone, 2011) returns to the Merri Creek on a summer evening in Melbourne, amid shimmering Allocasuarina verticillata trees (commonly known as the Drooping Sheoak) found growing along the bank. Allocasuarinas have small needle-like branchlets reminiscent of pine tree needles, a similarity which lead us to the Christmas reference for this seasonal remix. Listen out for wind whispering through the needles, gentle shivers and chiming echoes along the basalt creek bed.” – Marita & Stuart, December 2012.
Marita & Stuart create all the artwork and design for their musical releases, and enjoy gardening in their spare time.
“The Moon rises at the end of our street, over the Merri Creek. Most nights we walk with Fern, a retired racing greyhound, down towards the water, which follows an 800,000 year old lava flow – still visible as large swathes of basalt along the bank. Melbourne is threaded with waterways heading south towards the sea. Over the years streams, floodplains and even a saltwater blue lake in North Melbourne have been filled and realigned to expedite industrialisation of the city. The land itself still holds a memory, and during a wet season, water finds its old way home.
“By the late 1800s the Merri Creek and surrounds had been overtaken by bluestone quarries and clay pits for brick making. Later, after World War I, knitting mills and textile factories rose in the narrow streets. Most of these early industries have now gone, but remnants are visible: stone footings, chimneys and saw-tooth rooves to catch the light. The past is not completely erased – garment factories still hum in the backstreets; the clay soil cracks in summer and clings in winter. Casurarinas have been replanted along the creek bank, over long filled quarry holes, their fallen needles are a muted bed for our feet. These are some of the stories we were thinking about during the writing and recording of Loom.” Marita & Stuart 2011.
“If you have a yearning to plunge into some intense daydreaming, you should definitely have a soundtrack to achieve this to… Atmospheric and spooky, if this album was a thing, it would be a ladybeetle with long eyelashes, knitting a shawl of silver and gold.” - PBS FM
“The Orbweavers have a delicate and subtle sound. I was drifting unfocused through the milky sweetness of Japanese Mountains until Marita Dyson started singing in Japanese and suddenly thought, “Wow, this is lovely.” The muffled horn in Spotswood has a similar effect – it pulls your attention; a glimmering focal point in the gentle waves of the melody. Beautiful” – BEAT MAGAZINE, SINGLE OF THE WEEK
“Shimmering music that is dark, but only in the sense that darkness can sometimes be comforting… an evocative album of ‘creepers’ – songs that slowly but surely wind their way into your consciousness. Take a 2am drive with the likes of Periods Of Light & Rock on the stereo and just try feeling like don’t you own the night!” – RAVE MAGAZINE