The Orbweavers

Official music video for “Poison Garden” by The Orbweavers, directed by Lucy Dyson

  • “Melbourne’s The Orbweavers have dealt in delicate, lilting indie folk for years and their output has always been great. But Poison Garden is a new level” – BEST NEW MUSIC, DOUBLE J


  • Thursday, November 19: “Deep Leads” @ ACMI for Melbourne Music Week; a cinematic collaboration with Berlin-based Australian artist, animator and award-winning music-video director, Lucy Dyson. 7:00PM, ACMI CINEMA 2. Tickets on sale now from ACMI.
  • Monday January 4 @ Northcote Social Club with The Weather Station (Canada). Tickets on sale now from the venue. Presented by Triple R.

Much adored Melbourne band The Orbweavers have unveiled their new single “Poison Garden”, an intoxicating lullaby for spring nights and relaxing times. “Poison Garden” is out now on digital release on Mistletone Records via Inertia; to buy on iTunes, click here. The Orbweavers album Loom is also available on mail order.

  •  “Poisonous plants have contributed to the development of essential medicines used for heart conditions, pain relief, in ophthalmological preparations, as antidotes, cancer treatments and more. This is a song about the astonishing power of common plants we grew up with” — Marita Dyson & Stuart Flanagan, The Orbweavers

“Stay away from the Oleander!” a constant warning through our childhood, all the more ominous because it seemed every suburban yard we played in possessed one of these attractive and deadly shrubs. And so, our education in the poison garden began. Next on the banned list were angel trumpets, their heady fragrance wafting through open windows on hot summer nights, spent blooms devoured by a swooning pet dog lolling on the lawn. Soon we learned the berries of the meila tree, and jaunty foxglove borders held hazardous potential. This led to a lifelong interest in the properties of toxic and medicinal plants: beauty and power in the most ordinary places.

“Poison Garden” is released with a vivid, technicolour botanical video by Berlin-based Australian artist, animator and award-winning music-video director, Lucy Dyson. Lucy has produced and directed music videos for artists including Gotye, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Gemma Ray, Giant Sand, Ray LaMontagne and more.


Stills from Lucy Dyson’s “Poison Garden” video:


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The Orbweavers – mesmerising, haunting and heartwarming. Drawing on a love of history and science, The Orbweavers have charmed audiences with evocative songs of creeks & quarries (Merri), greyhounds (You Can Run – Fern’s Theme), volcanoes (Japanese Mountains), textile mills, historic sewerage pumping stations (Spotswood) ,and industrial landmarks (Match Factory). Dark and dulcet melodies, chiming guitar, violin and trumpet meld to hypnotic effect, recalling reverberant ghosts of places past.

Garnering Triple R Melbourne Album of the Week (Loom – 2011), national and international praise, The Orbweavers have performed at ABC TV studios, ABC Radio National, Melbourne Music Week (2011 & 2012), National Gallery of Victoria, Brisbane Powerhouse, and supported international artists Beach House, Cass McCombs and Julia Holter. Most recently they released a double single, Ceiling Rose / Match Factory, and performed showcases at BIGSOUND in Brisbane, AWME – Australian Worldwide Music Expo, and national touring dates including festival performances such as Meredith Music Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival. The Orbweavers are fast drawing a devoted following of their spellbinding sound, and are preparing their next album for release later in 2015.

On Remembrance Day 2014, The Orbweavers released “The Distant Call of Home”, the evocative theme song for ABC-TV’s dramatised four-part documentary series, “The Distant Call of Home”; click here to purchase “The Distant Call of Home” via iTunes.

The Orbweavers were a prominent part of  The War That Changed Us; the theme song, “The Distant Call of Home”, was written by The Orbweavers (Marita Dyson and Stuart Flanagan). Fans of The Orbweavers instantly recognised Marita’s exquisite voice singing the theme song, as well as a number of old songs from the World War I period, such as “‘Sing Me To Sleep”, “Good-Byee” and “Oh! It’s A Lovely War”.

The Orbweavers agreed that working on The War That Changed Us; learning and recording traditional World War I songs for the soundtrack, and then writing an original theme song, has been an extraordinary experience for them as musicians. “To write the theme song, we searched for a connection between people of the past, who experienced the war, and the present”, Stuart Flanagan said.

‘Themes of time and distance became our focus”, explained Marita Dyson. “We thought about the rising of the sun in Australia signalling nightfall in trenches across the other side of the world; the sun as a link between people and places, thousands of miles apart.

“We stood at the gate of our house and looked down the street, imagining what family or a loved one would have felt in the same place, 100 years ago, waiting for news”, Marita remembered.”We thought about the Australian landscape of home, the sound and light – a tangible environment across time.”

  • “It’s directed with a kind of cinematic lushness that brings it all to life in a way that is often surprisingly evocative — all tied together by the mesmerising, haunting voice of Marita Dyson and her song The Distant Call of Home, her whispery vocals capable of bringing tears to the eyes”THE AUSTRALIAN
  • “Particularly impressive is the use of music. Along with the haunting title track, Marita Dyson also reinterprets the popular songs of the day and tonight the contrast of her tinglingly pure voice, the ironically jaunty melodies, and the macabre lyrics packs a huge punch”SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
  • “A stunningly beautiful song. That is poetry, pure and simple” – JON FAINE, 774 ABC


Video: Ceiling Rose by The Orbweavers. Director: Noko Washiyama, DoP: Brian Cohen.


  • “A particularly special Melbourne band” – THE AGE MELBOURNE MAGAZINE
  • “An hour spent with The Orbweavers is a thoughtful conversation about spirit, adventure, home and history, not to mention the great music” – THE MUSIC
  • Spine-tingling stuff”  – 4ZZZ BRISBANE
  • If Alice in Wonderland were ever to be filmed in the desert against a modern backdrop, then the soundtrack really ought to sound like this. File under ‘sublime and rewarding’” – TERRASCOPE UK
  • Everything about The Orbweavers is effortlessly charming”  – BROADSHEET
  • By the time The Orbweavers came on stage the Northcote was at full capacity, which for a Sunday day show on the same day as St Kilda fest is no easy feat. However, from seeing them live it’s of no surprise at all”  – FASTER LOUDER
  • “A gloriously dark folk outfit that has the perfect ace up their sleeve, lead guitarist Stuart Flanagan” – TONE DEAF
  • Loom is a rare blend of fine evocative storytelling coupled with beautifully constructed songs, whispery vocals, inspiring vivid imagery of historical sites in Melbourne and makes one want to know more about their city’s forgotten past. The songs become more potent and powerful with every listen and the melancholy tone tugs at the heart strings”  – THE AU REVIEW
  • The deft guitar of Stuart Flanagan and trumpet of Daniel Aulsebrook lets their dark country balladry soar and linger beautifully. In their succession of quiet achievements, tonight is another win”  – 2011 MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK REVIEW, ANDY HAZEL
  • “The best song written about Melbourne since Paul Kelly’s From St Kilda to Kings Cross”  –  BEN ELTHAM ON SPOTSWOOD
  • “This song is so beautiful it hurts” – PAUL KELLY ON SPOTSWOOD

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