Sushil K Dade presents his final studio album under his Future Pilot AKA moniker, Orkestra Digitalis. It’s taken him a whole nine years to actually release, partly because it was never intended to be heard as a regular album. Rather, it was initially conceived of as a kind of treasure hunt for fans across the entirety of Scotland, tagged the #soniktreasurehunt. 

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Orkestra Digitalis by Future Pilot AKA
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8/10 Will 12 September 2019

There's always a scintillating feeling listening to an album that wasn't meant to be heard. Future Pilot AKA hid the nine songs that make up their final album all across Scotland by lochs, on shorelines, in hillsides, and islands. Fans were able to find each song via details and coordinates shared on social media. There was even a final edition containing all the songs hidden in a picnic hamper by a bus-stop in a nuclear base. So although I suppose in the end it was meant to heard, it wasn't made easy. 

'Orkestra Digitalis' is a varied album. There's the lumbering dub of 'Tutti Shruti' with Robert Wyatt (yeah, the Robert Wyatt) doing this weird stilted scatting, 'hetookherhand / Intuition Told Me Pt. 1' reminds me of Spiritualized at their most subdued, and there's also a gorgeously winsome folk interlude on 'Holy Water'. There are a few jazzy, afrobeat-y numbers that round out the more tranquil ones. 

With name like 'Orkestra' I was expecting some good old jazz skronk in the vein of Herman Poole Blount and although there is some towards the end of the album, I found myself enjoying the Gaelic folk influences far more. 'The Sound of Jura' even has the sound of distant bagpipes. 

This is an album that is based around community and intertextuality, a music born of diversity and interaction, and one that sounds all the better for it. 



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