Metallic Spheres

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Metallic Spheres
Studio album by The Orb featuring David Gilmour
Released 12 October 2010 (2010-10-12)
Recorded 2009
Genre Electronica, dub, progressive rock
Length 48:53
Label Columbia
Producer Martin "Youth" Glover[1][2]
The Orb albums chronology
Baghdad Batteries (Orbsessions Volume III) (2009) Metallic Spheres
The Orbserver in the Star House
David Gilmour albums chronology
Live in Gdańsk
Metallic Spheres
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (C+)[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)[5]
QoQuaq Music (4/5)[6]
SPIN 5/10 stars[7]

Metallic Spheres is the tenth studio album released by ambient techno group The Orb in October 2010 and features Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and Killing Joke bassist Youth. [8] The album spent 3 weeks on the UK charts, peaking at number 12.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Metallic Side" (28:42)
    1. "Metallic Spheres"
    2. "Hymns to the Sun"
    3. "Black Graham"
    4. "Hiding in Plain View"
    5. "Classified"
  2. "Spheres Side" (20:12)
    1. "Es Vedra"
    2. "Hymns to the Sun (Reprise)"
    3. "Olympic"
    4. "Chicago Dub"
    5. "Bold Knife Trophy"
  3. "Cult of Youth Ambient Mix (Parts 1 & 2)" (Edit) (5:35) (iTunes-only bonus track)

All tracks written by David Gilmour, Alex Paterson & Youth.
"Hymns to the Sun" written by David Gilmour, Alex Paterson, Youth & Graham Nash.
"Black Graham" written by David Gilmour, Alex Paterson, Youth & Marcia Mello.
"Hiding in Plain View" written by David Gilmour, Alex Paterson, Youth & Tim Bran.


  • David Gilmour – guitars, vocals
  • Alex Paterson – sound manipulation, keyboards, turntables
  • Youth – bass, keyboards, programming
  • Tim Bran – keyboards, programming
  • Marcia Mello – acoustic guitar (on "Black Graham")
  • Dominique Le Vac – backing vocals


The album was produced by Youth and recorded in June, 2009 at "The Dreaming Cave", in Wandsworth. Engineering was done by Tim Bran (of Dreadzone) and David Nock. Mixing was done by Youth, with mix engineering from Bran, Nock and Michael Rendall at "The Study" in 2010. Mastering was done by Andy Baldwin at Metropolis Studios in London. A headphone version was released as CD2 of the deluxe 2CD edition, with sound design by Mike Brady, recording by Mike Brady, David Nock and Michael Rendall, and mixing by Youth.