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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - "History of Modern"
Released on 100% Records on 4 October 2010
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, one of the UK's most iconic bands, are back with their first new album in 14 years, the appropriately entitled ‘History Of Modern'. And what a return. Andy McCluskey has called it ‘our best album since Architecture and Morality' - and few would disagree. The album was produced by OMD and mixed by one of the UK's most in demand producers Mike Crossey (Artic Monkeys/Blood Red Shoes/Razorlight).
'History of Modern' is a powerful, pulsating, vibrant and contemporary album with a strong pop sensibility. Tracks such as ‘Pulse', ‘Save Me', ‘Sister Marie Says' and ‘The Future' are huge future dancefloor fillers while others like the downtempo ‘Bondage Of Fate', ‘If You Want It' and ‘Sometimes' are quite simply beautiful, classic OMD songs.
The music sees a return to the band's early pioneering electronic roots, a sound that is now recognised as being a major influence on many of today's electro artists. The likes of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, The XX and The Killers have all cited OMD as a massive inspiration.
This autumn also sees OMD embark on the 'History of Modern' tour, with the classic line up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes. After three years of critically acclaimed sell out concerts in the UK and Europe these dates will see the band mixing the new songs with the classic hits to create a distinctly contemporary live show.
OMD, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, formed in the late '70s and became quickly established as one of the UK's finest left-of-centre groups. Mixing pop with electronic sounds and twisting it with a fine art sensibility, they created a unique sound and space for themselves in the charts. With art and commerce deftly dealt with, they became massively successful in the '80s all around the world.
One of their key releases from that time was their album "Architecture & Morality". Originally released in 1981, it sold over 3 million copies, spawned the three massive Top Ten Hits "Souvenir", "Joan of Arc" and "Maid Of Orleans" (which, incidentally sold 8 million copies between them), and is now widely recognized as one of the most influential records in the history of electronic music.