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O.R.k. tease new single As I Leave – watch the cosmic video here!

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(Image credit: runa Rotunno / Post-Production: Sebastiano Bongi Toma)

O.R.k. have shared their first new music since the release of 2019's Ramagehead. As I Leave is taken from the band's upcoming album, which will be released later this year by Kscope. Watch Chiara Orsi's otherworldly video for the track below.

The prog supergroup comprises King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto, Colin Edwin (ex-Porcupine Tree), film composter Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari and Marta Sui Tubi's Carmelo Pipitone.

Says bassist Edwin, “Lyrically, As I Leave is an ambiguous contemplation on the inexplicable reasons for close personal bonds and human connections. It’s a song for anyone who ever desired deeper connections with another, but in some puzzling way, just couldn’t make it work. 

"The profoundest differences are rarely geographical, as most of us have discovered over the last few years. There’s often an unknowable reason under the surface, did your blow your chance… or did your dreams just get old?”

As I Leave is available to stream online and download from June 23. Kscope say that more details of the group's new album will be revealed soon.

Natasha Scharf
Natasha Scharf

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.