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Paul Humphreys dishes on new O.M.D., new electronic artists

Posted in News with tags , , on May 16, 2010 by softsynth

With Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark still working on new 2010 album The History of Modern, member Paul Humphreys has done an illuminating interview with the good folks at The Electricity Club. In the interview he waxes eliquent about the new O.M.D. album, and interestingly about a number of new electronic artists like Little Boots and La Roux (in many cases he’s not just “not a fan” but downright cynical about how devoted they are to the electronic cause). He describes the new album as “Electronic! Really electronic!” and puts into great perspective what working with Stephen Hague did – for a long time irreparably – to their sound confirming a theory Softsynth has voiced for a number of years. It’s fascinating stuff from an electronic pioneer and makes one just a snitch more excited about the new and long, long overdue album…

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OMD return!

Posted in News with tags , , , on November 26, 2009 by softsynth

So honestly, we assumed this was never going to happen but Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are blazing back with new material. 2010 will see a new album from the fully reunited band as Andy McClusky and Paul Humphries will collaborate on new material for the first time since 1988 with the new album, The History of Modern.

Our fingers are twitching with excitement as we type. Why? Well, while the three albums that McClusky released on his own through the 90s were a serious case of the law of diminishing returns, the fully intact O.M.D. was one of the most important bands in the history of electronic music, not to mention one of the most consistently creative. And now we have “Sister Marie Says”, a new track from the forthcoming album to prove that yes, there really is new material on the way and it’s very much in the classic O.M.D. vein both musically and (especially) lyrically. Between this and a new album from Kraftwerk on the way we can truly party like it’s 1979…

(download “Sister Marie Says” for free at the O.M.D. website)