Monday, January 14, 2013

British electric foundation

The mighty Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark are about to unleash "English Electric", their twelfth studio longplayer and the follow up to "History Of Modern".

The album will be hit the "shops" on April 8 and appear in several configurations including a standard CD, deluxe edition set featuring a CD and DVD, heavyweight vinyl LP, fancy collector's tin boxset and digitial download. It's tough to keep track of all these things. So many variations. Collect them all!

The tracklisting for "English Electric" includes the following twelve tracks.

1. Please Remain Seated
2. Metroland
3. Night Café
4. The Future Will Be Silent
5. Helen Of Troy
6. Our System
7. Kissing The Machine
8. Decimal
9. Stay With Me
10. Dresden
11. Atomic Ranch
12. Final Song

The first single will be "Metroland" which will be available on March 25 from all fine, digital retailers.

In order to set the tone for the new elpee, Andy and Paul have created a video for "Decimal", the eighth track on the album.

Holy sequential circuits! A cacophony of automated voices. For a moment, I thought I was on hold with my insurance company. Definitely something that hearkens back to their "Dazzle Ship" days. I'm very much looking forward to the forthcoming album and subsequent tour. Set phasers on stun!


  1. Some wags have pointed to Laurie Anderson as an influence on this song and yes, there is some of her DNA there, but more than anything, I was reminded of Sparks' recent opus "Your Call Is Very Important To Us. Please Hold."

  2. I can hear the Laurie Anderson in it, but I was thinking more Phillip Glass Einstein On The Beach, but with a cheeky pop flair. In any event, I am really happy to hear music that sounds like a band creating what it wants more than what will shift records - because it will still shift records. To reference Dazzle Ships is to reference my favorite OMD album, so I am clearly looking forward to English Electric!