Ringa Ringa (The Old Pandemic Folk Song) is a winter offering by the influential electronic duo.
The video resonates with the song’s title and distant vocals by The Mediaeval Baebes, reciting the 19th-century nursery rhyme Ring O’Roses. Its imagery effectively conjures up a dystopian version of Alice in Wonderland.
Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll comments on the song. “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.”
Ringa Ringa is the second signpost to the duo’s forthcoming album Optical Delusion, following the collaborative single with Sleaford Mods.
Optical Delusion by Orbital will be released on 17 February 2023.
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