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 straight from the abandoned knitting mills of Brunswick: chiming pins and needle electric guitar, haunted violin, and the Moon.
The albumʼs closing track, Diving Bell, went on to become the basis of balearic electro-dream composer Faux Pasʼ single Silver Line. The Age called Graphite & Diamond a 'wonderful post-rock digital/acoustic masterwork, deep and dangerous, but also small and lovely', describing the duo as a 'particularly special Melbourne band.'
After a brief tour of Japan in 2010, Marita and Stuart began work on The Orbweaversʼ second album, Loom, releasing double A-side single Japanese Mountains/Spotswood. The single, a tribute to Japanese volcanoes and the historic Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station, found a special place in Melbournianʼs 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. These evocative dark-tinged folk songs travel through creeks, over quarries, under dangerous needlework, with greyhounds, past bell birds and bridges, on a rising tide out to sea. Listen to the lp's great first single, You Can Run (Fern's Theme), in our player above.
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 (Laura Jean, Sailor Days) on drums and Stuart Lindsay on koto and organ when he is in town.