SynthPop legends Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark return next month with a brand new single to precede their forthcoming English Electric album. The new release follows on from 2010’s History Of Modern album and really sees OMD getting back in their classic SynthPop groove.
The first single from the new record, Metroland, is a rousing slice of electronic Pop music. A seven minute odyssey that encompasses OMD’s entire career, Metroland revels in it’s SynthPop past, delivering a classic electronic sound accompanied by Andy McCluskey’s instantly recognisable vocals. Pure OMD, the song is just what we’d want from a new track from these guys, dramatic, robotic loaded with sparkling synths.
♫ OMD – Metroland
OMD’s Metroland is released 25th March 25, witht he album following on 9th April.
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Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:
This week Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark announced their forthcoming new album, English Electric, which is due out 8th April. What better time, then, to drop a couple of classic OMD track, starting with their biggest single, 1980’s Enola Gay.
Followed by Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc), from 1982.
It’s gotta’ be said, both The Human League and OMD are really upping their game in terms of their choices of reMix artists for their recent singles. Gone is their vague, yet uneducated, nod to modern electronic music to be replaced by a real insight into what is happening on ElectroPop friendly dancefloors these days.
Case in point; Krystal Klear’s reMix of OMD’s new single, ‘History Of Modern’ is a straight-up dancefloor Nu-Disco jam awash with New Jack Swing vibes. Dropping a deep jacking bass, vocoded vocals and huge 80’s Disco chords seems so far away from OMD’s SynthPop sound yet works so well.
The video is the wining entry in a competition run by OMD on genero.tv, It was produced by Lapantafilm from Sweden.
OMD said "The sheer volume of work that has gone into this is incredible. So many different film animation styles. A very creative mixture of stop frame animation, modelling, drawing, film capture. A serious collection of OMD references… some of which are incredibly subtle, some not. The ideas are a varied and effective as the many different techniques. There were several really strong entries but this is the clear winner."
The single will be released soon on limited edition 10”, CD and digital.
The second single from their recent ‘The History Of Modern’ album, ‘Sister Marie Says’ is available as a limited edition 7” that you can pre-order right now and has a refreshingly British video after all these soft focus Californian clips.
‘Sister Marie Says’ was the first material from OMD’s new album ‘The History Of Modern’ way back in December last year so we always figured it was on the cards for a single. One thing I like about OMD’s return is that they are picking really good contemporary reMixers. The last single boasted the likes of VillaNah and French Horn Rebellion and now Monarchy.
The pairing of OMD and Monarchy seems to good to be true and the result is pretty special. Monarchy seem to have really got their teeth into creating a modern sounding 80’s track and come up with a reMix every bit forward looking as retro.
From it’s seemingly never ending build to the eventual beat and bass drop it’s clear that the FHR guys had a lot of fun reMixing this track. It kinda’ takes classic OMD and puts it through an eclectic Electro meat grinder and manages to put it back together in a coherent, and catchy way.