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William Orbit — Water from a Vine Leaf (w/ Beth Orton)
Album: Strange Cargo III
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7.6

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Total ratings: 3570









Released: 1993
Length: 6:50
Plays (last 30 days): 3
And you start swimming and swimming
And swimming and swimming
And you never stop swimming until you reach the ocean
And you're swimming into the sunset without me

And I find myself suddenly waking up
And there are four young girls
Giving me water from a vine leaf
Just dropping it onto my tongue

Nothing more
You surround me
Break on through
Release me

Nothing more
You surround me
Break on through
Release me

Nothing more
You surround me
Break on through
Release me

Break on through
Release me
Break on through
Release me
Break on through
Release me
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 dkwalika wrote:
Real nice. I should be on a freeway out west, letting it roll!
 
Back when this came out, I'd just moved out west, and this Outstanding track is a part of that life era. Roll on!
Real nice. I should be on a freeway out west, letting it roll!
I actually found this one on my own back in 1995 on a Sunday evening  FM radio Program called "Star Streams" with host "Forest" It was out of Sedona, AZ I think. Such great times, but this song! It has remained in my A rotation and something I always play for others...LOUDLY. I appreciate that it's here on RP and NOT surprised at all. 

A solid 10 for me!
 
Oh, this sounds so good through dac/amp and some Hifiman planar magnetics!
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Turn this wicked joint all the way up to 11, babies! Years  .... hell... decades ago a swift talking salesman convinced me I "needed" to shell out an extra $200 bucks for the amplifier with the 2,200-watt toroidal power transformer versus the wimpy, standard 1700-watt jobber. There was the b est 200 bux I ever wasted! Every once in a while, I waken those extra amperes to do what they're there for. Thank you jesus, Nelson Pass, mister salesman, and R.P. 
 
Nelson does indeed know his stuff.
 Queue wrote:
Anyone know if that's a real bass?
 

I play bass. Sounds like an electronic loop but still pretty good.  
Nice bass groove. Would be a lot more interesting with a live bass player instead of a loop.

Still gets an 8.
I'm dancing in my chair while teleworking during COVID-19. The speakers were cranked all the way!
7 to 8 .. something about it .. rocking in my chair while working from home.  Stay safe everyone!
Anyone know if that's a real bass?
I just watched some nails work their way out of my ceiling.
Love it!
Nice! The isolated keyboard notes remind me of the soundtrack of some of Ken Loach's films.
As acclaimed as he/they are, this song, although sounds good, seems quite a bit shy of many words!! Be nice to have a meaningful song, to such a nice sound!! But, thanks
RP, nevertheless!!
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Hmm, seems a misuse of Beth Orton here. The tune coulda used anyone, and she certainly didn't need to do this. Maybe friends of hers, or a favor?
 
  It doesn't seem like a "misuse" to me.  She's done quite a bit of electronica and/or "folktronica"and spoken word stuff; she is also friends with William Orbit and has worked with him before - on at least two of her albums.  This song is on her compilation album "Pass In Time", so apparently she didn't consider doing this recording some sort of unnecessary obligation.
Alexa, volume up. Again.
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Hmm, seems a misuse of Beth Orton here. The tune coulda used anyone, and she certainly didn't need to do this. Maybe friends of hers, or a favor?
 
How did you determine that "she certainly didn't need to do this"?
Hmm, seems a misuse of Beth Orton here. The tune coulda used anyone, and she certainly didn't need to do this. Maybe friends of hers, or a favor?
Watch out for the bike :-)
Love this stuff!
 TomJB wrote:

What would I do w/o RP in the morning  ☕
 

afternoon, evening and nights too.... 
 TomJB wrote:

What would I do w/o RP in the morning  ☕
 
My little ceremony as well :) :) :)


I was introduced to Orbit through an IRS 'No Speak' compilation in the late 80s and grabbed each of the original 3 'Strange Cargo' albums as they came out through the 90s. Fabulous stuff. Have yet to fill in the gaps with later material, but always love it when he comes up in the RP playlists. 
A cool groove and boobies on the album cover, what more could one want?
Excellent headphone music so thank you for the experience!
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Turn this wicked joint all the way up to 11, babies! Years  .... hell... decades ago a swift talking salesman convinced me I "needed" to shell out an extra $200 bucks for the amplifier with the 2,200-watt toroidal power transformer versus the wimpy, standard 1700-watt jobber. There was the b est 200 bux I ever wasted! Every once in a while, I waken those extra amperes to do what they're there for. Thank you jesus, Nelson Pass, mister salesman, and R.P. 
 
Can I come over with my records and my stash :) 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
Turn this wicked joint all the way up to 11, babies! Years  .... hell... decades ago a swift talking salesman convinced me I "needed" to shell out an extra $200 bucks for the amplifier with the 2,200-watt toroidal power transformer versus the wimpy, standard 1700-watt jobber. There was the b est 200 bux I ever wasted! Every once in a while, I waken those extra amperes to do what they're there for. Thank you jesus, Nelson Pass, mister salesman, and R.P. 
 

Do your neighbours enjoy the amplifier too?
Classic greatness!{#Roflol}
Gotta bump it to a 9
I love William Orbit, this retro-future sound is so naive to my ears! PLUR to all my ravers
Turn this wicked joint all the way up to 11, babies! Years  .... hell... decades ago a swift talking salesman convinced me I "needed" to shell out an extra $200 bucks for the amplifier with the 2,200-watt toroidal power transformer versus the wimpy, standard 1700-watt jobber. There was the b est 200 bux I ever wasted! Every once in a while, I waken those extra amperes to do what they're there for. Thank you jesus, Nelson Pass, mister salesman, and R.P. 
 sdwright wrote:
Yes, music to my ears this morning!
{#Heartkiss}

 
What would I do w/o RP in the morning  ☕
https://youtu.be/Srf3RcgCTRU


Wow, Koh Tao... Nice!  I was there and beyond (Koh NangGan, the one with the Triangle of Beaches at low-tide seen from above in all those post cards), in '89... before the airport on Koh Samui changed everything... Some of the best snorkeling on Earth; right up there with Barrier Reef, Tioman, Tulamben, Okinawa, Maui, Big Island, Mauritius...
Absolutely love this song; would have loved to see him jam in a beach hut on Tao... Did you do the Full Moon Shroom Parties? In all my memories of my three times to Bali, I can never forget the Special Mushroom Omelettes at Midnight Oil Cafe in Legian Beach... 

bluematrix wrote:
I was on a little island in the Sea of Thailand called Koh Tao about 5 years ago at a cool little dive (as in diving) bar called Moov. It had the most slanted pool table I've ever seen, which seemed to slant even more after I got buzzed up in the big treehouse in the back. About midnight or so, most of bar heads to the other side of the island for a beach party. The DJ was... yea, Orbit. Swaying in the soft sand under a million stars on a tiny island filled with peaceful cool people from around the globe on a perfect night with a great buzz to this guy... well..  yea.. it is definitely on the highlight reel of my life.

I was on a little island in the Sea of Thailand called Koh Tao about 5 years ago at a cool little dive (as in diving) bar called Moov. It had the most slanted pool table I've ever seen, which seemed to slant even more after I got buzzed up in the big treehouse in the back. About midnight or so, most of bar heads to the other side of the island for a beach party. The DJ was... yea, Orbit. Swaying in the soft sand under a million stars on a tiny island filled with peaceful cool people from around the globe on a perfect night with a great buzz to this guy... well..  yea.. it is definitely on the highlight reel of my life. 
 bam23 wrote:
Has anyone specified the Latin binomial of the species from which this vine's leaf is derived? One wonders...
 
It's probably Hedera helix - William Orbit is British after all..
LOLing at the times this was considered a futuristic sound
Bum shuffle in office chair.  Let them stare!
Has anyone specified the Latin binomial of the species from which this vine's leaf is derived? One wonders...
1 9 9 3

Way out ahead.
This goes great with Monday morning coffeee!  {#Sunny}
 fredriley wrote:

Beth Orton's from Naarch? I always thought, wrongly, that she was from across the Pond. Thanks for that bit of trivia. As for exports from that fine town, have you not forgotten Alan Partridge? ;-)

 
Fred,
Being gestated in Norwich, I feel entitled to take issue with your pronunciation, it's Norrige, like porrige, if you're coming from Lunnun, that is. From Nottnam, perhaps there is no soft r, glottal stop nor consonant after all. Oh WTF (O what the Fred) it's all good.
They opened a new brewpub here this afternoon and I was invited to sample their wares in a 'soft opening'. Hah, there's a phrase invented by a man.
Brilliant. This song sends chills down my spine. Replay factor is extremely high!
LOVE THIS —- the medicine to align my chacras...! {#Hearteyes}
getting no work done now with this back to back goodness...... late 80s and early 90's were good...
 coloradojohn wrote:
THIS SONG can make your thoughts seem unreal, your speakers sound surreal, and turn your whole day or night upside-down. YEAH

 
Well spoken indeed...YEAH :)


Hooked me right in. Can't believe this song is 21 years old and I've never heard it before. Obviously not listening to enough RP. But the song...the song is wonderful. Trippy and puts you in a trance in front of your speakers. Love it.
My day really needs this song in a loop. So great for those "Calgon take me away!" days in the cubes. 
THIS SONG can make your thoughts seem unreal, your speakers sound surreal, and turn your whole day or night upside-down. YEAH
One of the first "Must Get" songs I jotted down after finding this website. Thanks Bill.
lovely.
Very nice… {#Whistle}
I feel like floating in space when I hear this ☝️
 
Made this a 10. Again.  Does the new site have an 11 setting?  {#Cheesygrin}
You can't play this enough as far as I'm concerned...just picks me up every time 
It has a super natural way about it {#Meditate}
like this a lot
drums are just to generic
Firts few lines of this, playing in teh background, I thought it was 801 'Tomorrow Never Knows'... but not so... but still interesting
 fredriley wrote:

Beth Orton's from Naarch? I always thought, wrongly, that she was from across the Pond. Thanks for that bit of trivia. As for exports from that fine town, have you not forgotten Alan Partridge? ;-)

 
is his name pronounced "Alan Paaridch" your way fredriley?  ; )  cool tune donja tink

Sometimes it helps to be later at night for trippy grooves, but this is real good, anytime.

{#Music} 

 
 fredriley wrote:

Beth Orton's from Naarch? I always thought, wrongly, that she was from across the Pond. Thanks for that bit of trivia. As for exports from that fine town, have you not forgotten Alan Partridge? ;-)

 
Norwich?  How would we cope without Norwich?
 gazcon73 wrote:
Beth Orton , Norwich best export ( apart from Deliah Smith )
 
Beth Orton's from Naarch? I always thought, wrongly, that she was from across the Pond. Thanks for that bit of trivia. As for exports from that fine town, have you not forgotten Alan Partridge? ;-)
Beth Orton , Norwich best export ( apart from Deliah Smith )
 
Strange Cargo indeed!

Do we miss the 90's?

(Press 1 for yes and 2 for no.)
One of the best tracks to hear when it's 12:12am and The Buzz is on... Wildly inspired, and inspiring like no other... Rockin' it, yeah ~ 
 CaffeineSam wrote:
Je trouve que c'est dehors debout.

 
  Je suis d'accord avec vous mon ami.. {#Wink}
Love love love. Play more of this style.
Reminds me of Ri Ra, Dublin. BAck in the day...
Moby on piano?
 
Je trouve que c'est dehors debout.
Sounds like the intro to 801's "Tomorrow Never Knows."
Volume goes always up on this one. Just perfect.
 Steely_D wrote:
Interesting why I really enjoy this hypnotic groove, and Tangerine Dream, but most of the Moby stuff is just bland repetition.

 
Als long as the right stuff is repeated {#Bananajam}
Just gave this full marks.  Nine for the groove and one for getting Queen Beth on the vocals.
Interesting why I really enjoy this hypnotic groove, and Tangerine Dream, but most of the Moby stuff is just bland repetition.
 MrsTom wrote:
Lovely until she talks. How can you get so many vowels into the word 'tongue'
 
I hear her uttering only one vowel sound in that (single-syllable) word. The word does have two other vowels, but they are silent. 
 MrsTom wrote:
Lovely until she talks. How can you get so many vowels into the word 'tongue'
 
three, really...relax...it's singing isn't it...listen to some opera then complain about over vowelling :)
Lovely until she talks. How can you get so many vowels into the word 'tongue'
 skindy wrote:
Two Beth Orton songs in the same hour! EXCELLENT! Thank you, Bill! {#Wave}

 
{#Yes}
 Rockit wrote:
Freaky....A good Hookah tune!!!!

 
I agree my friend.
Two Beth Orton songs in the same hour! EXCELLENT! Thank you, Bill! {#Wave}
This track is a little something Mrs Poacher and I like to dance to in the privacy of Poacher Mansions. 
Outstanding!
 coloradojohn wrote:
Has to be one of the coolest bass-jamming trippy things out there, and I really dig all the spacey keys, too! They both hit it well on this one!

 
Cheers coloradojohn!  Your writing adds to the bliss of hippy trips like this, a damn good tune


“I could’ve kept making excuses forever” : Best Fit speaks to Beth Orton



It doesn't get much better than this. Awesome track from back in the day.
How funny, I've been listening to this album for ages and never realized this was Beth Orton. I also recommend Orbit's take on classical, 'Pieces in a Modern Style'.
Love it
Has to be one of the coolest bass-jamming trippy things out there, and I really dig all the spacey keys, too! They both hit it well on this one!
 brown565 wrote:
This song is a guilty pleasure

 
No guilt here, just groovin'!
go !! bill
getting me pumped up for my party tonight
backyard film festival
Beautiful segue Bill...................
Another RP exposure!  I have never heard this before.  Great stuff!
This song is a guilty pleasure
Great groove for a Saturday morning!
I had forgotten about this song, and William Orbit in general.  Awesome blast from the past!
Not heard this for ages - LOVE this song!
Just what I needed for some early morning motivation!
Test your speakers ... now! {#Good-vibes}
{#Daisy}
Freaky....A good Hookah tune!!!!
Reminds me of the great old 'Steam days'' when railway engines were coal fired , I hear the hissing of the steam , the rush through the tunnel even the whistle , wonderful memories of great days .. Well dione Wills but obviously not written as such but art is in the eye/ear of the beholder.
Impressive.I didn't expect this at all, but as soon as I heard it I could tell it was from another lifetime of mine.
I love this era in electronica.
How interesting. I was listening to this thinking how I liked the song OK, and then a woman's voice came on that ruined it for me. On checking the song info, I saw it was Beth Orton's voice. Which I have always disliked intensely. At least I'm consistent....
Orbit was way ahead of the curve. All the Strange Cargo's are good listening.
 socalhol wrote:
Ahhhhh.....  thanks for playing.  Still love this song!  Today this song brought a vision of Maxfield Parrish's "Daybreak" to my mind.
 
Brilliant.
 
 acupunk wrote:

You must have an awesome dentist then!
 
Yeah, I was gonna say!....
 gypsyman wrote:
Have this turned up waaay too loud on a pair of AudioEngine A5's with an 8" Dayton sub mixed with Dolby Digital Home v4.

Quite pleasing.
 
I miss my little (now repaired but not back in operation yet) tube amp, but my AudioEngine A5's are doing a fine job of this, too!
Fantastic, particularly for 1993. Pre-Internet for most of us. William Orbit was quite a pioneer in this style.
 actusreus wrote:
Yawn. I appreciate the artistry, but it does nothing for me. it makes me feel like I am in my dentist's waiting room.
 
You must have an awesome dentist then!
Have this turned up waaay too loud on a pair of AudioEngine A5's with an 8" Dayton sub mixed with Dolby Digital Home v4.

Quite pleasing.


50 yr. old man dancing frenetically in Golden Gate Park on a toasty summer day, first visit to San Francisco ever, by way of Massachusetts and then years in Oregon, with hundreds of young, free spirits, felt like the old days at outdoors concerts, with music like this blasting.


Trance-like. Really like it! {#Dance}
nice..new song for me to groove to in the gym..
try it with headphones
Ahhhhh.....  thanks for playing.  Still love this song!  Today this song brought a vision of Maxfield Parrish's "Daybreak" to my mind.
cheerred me up no end - cleaning out the pigs and broke me shovel, wasn't pleased until this came on!
Oh, thank you, when I heard the opening note I turned up the earphones from 10 to 11.

Best experienced on the 128AAC feed with some good 'phones. Lots of little layers to find and I love Beth Orton's voice. 
 actusreus wrote:
Yawn. I appreciate the artistry, but it does nothing for me. it makes me feel like I am in my dentist's waiting room.
 
I guess you just don't care for electronica, ambient, or downtempo stuff.  I would imagine that doctors' waiting rooms, nowadays, would more likely have some "soft" classic rock stuff (ie. Eagles, Billy Joel) playing, than they would have something like this.


What a tune . . . 
 Poacher wrote:
From the Beatles to this. Listened side by side I know which moves me more. . . which has me smiling and wanting to dance. . . which has a groove to die for. . . which floats my boat. 

Mr Orbit. . . bigger than the Beatles in my book. 

 

BLASPHEM !    {#Naughty}