Orangutan were formed in 2000 when Will Lawton and Joe Holweger recorded an EP titled ‘Surprised Coconut’. The band were shortly joined by Neil Muttock.
Although the band rarely performed live, they spent six years writing and recording the album ‘Ember’. This was recorded at Alpha Studios by Corin Dingley in the village of Priddy on the Mendip Hills.
It is a full length, rock-based album recorded using acoustic instruments. Towards the end of the album, the musicians required cello on their music and were introduced to Bethany Porter who features on two tracks ‘Sooner’ and ‘Transmogrification’.
150 limited edition copies of the album were pressed and encased in wood. A metal brand was made of the ‘triskele’ symbol. This brand was heated in a fire and then stamped on the wooden front cover of each album.