The Copenhagen-based collective Alcoholic Faith Mission is back with a new album – and what great news this is for all of us who were waiting for a successor of the highly-acclaimed “We Stop The World From Falling Apart” from 2014! The new record – “Orbitor” – was released on 20. February 2015. However, if you thought the band will continue the music style from their previous albums, you’re about to get surprised.
“Orbitor” contains 11 compositions, and none of them is like anything that Alcoholic Faith Mission has released before. The group decided to try a quirkier pop style this time and less acoustic references. The main line of “Orbitor” is a crooked synths sound, modulated vocals and an outer space atmosphere of the songs. Did this musical experiment work out?… It’s hard to say.
Why is it hard to say? Because it all depends on how much you love the “classic” Alcoholic Faith Mission and how much you love the courage of these musicians to take another way in creating the new album. I went from the phase of a small disappointment to the state of loving “Orbitor”. Because, of course, the previous work of Alcoholic Faith Mission is stunning and wonderful – but so is “Orbitor”. You just need to give it a chance.
There is a new quality in the new songs. The weird noise, the chaos and insecurity, mixed up with hope that in the end it will all work out. I guess this little dose of hope is what makes the new Alcoholic Faith Mission album so special and so different from the others.