Sure, sure. David Bowie is back in 2013 but the world doesn’t revolve solely around the orbit of the Thin White One. OMD have not been resting on their laurels since making the largely wonderful “History Of Modern” album in 2010. Their new album has been known as “English Electric” for a while now and more details were released today for the waiting masses. The tentative cover below has surfaced in the eddies and currents of OMD fandom for some months now, but today marks the first time that the actual track listing has been made public knowledge.
OMD: English Electric UK CD 
- Please Remain Seated
- Night Café
- The Future Will Be Silent
- Helen of Troy
- Our System
- Kissing The Machine
- Stay With Me
- Atomic Ranch
- Final Song
The first single will be “Metroland” and its released on March 25th. The band have been quite open in wanting this album to be more experimental than the preceding “History Of Modern.” While HOM had its share of top grade OMD material, it was also saddled with girl band cast-offs of Andy McCluskey and a lead off single that was so banal as to kneecap the album’s initial momentum. One hopes that “Metroland” will be more intriguingly left-field in its approach.
As for the titles, they seem to touch upon tried and true OMD tropes suggesting a mélange of the austere clinicality of “Dazzle Ships” [“Please Remain Seated”] and the Romanticism of “Architecture + Morality” [“Helen Of Troy”]. With perhaps a side trip into the cover of “Crush” and its Edward Hopper pastiche [“Night Café”].
The band have revealed that the album will be available on April 8th, 2013 on “deluxe CD+DVD, heavyweight vinyl LP, collectors’ tin boxset as well as digitally.” The exact granularity of these formats remains to be seen. I’ll assume that the collector’s box will contain the full monty, like last time. It was an acceptable $75 in price but my budget is far tighter this year than during the salad days of 2010, so we’ll adopt a wait-and-see approach.
The band spent much of 2012 recording and mixing the release and the full four piece is reputed to have been more integrated into the proceedings than on the last album. “History of Modern” was an album worked on remotely by its members and after the fact, that approach was seen to be limiting, so the choice was made to write and record more in concert with this album. One of “History Of Modern’s” highlights was “New Holy Ground” which was only whipped up quickly when Paul and Andy were sketching ideas in a room together the one time they collaborated in person during that album’s writing.
Now that the band know that they can make an album on their own, and tour it [even in America – twice!!] to a profitable conclusion, the greater emphasis on experimentation “English Electric” is said to have bodes well for the band who are finally freed from the tyranny of competing in the charts. Today marked the debut of a video for the track “Decimal” with a Flash-based, info-graphic/UI video by designer Henning M. Lederer. The video is only hosted currently at that place with the videos, and I don’t link to that place, so you’re on your own if you want to sample a glimpse of the new OMD. I’m content to wait until April. I’m sure it will be here before I even have the money scrounged up to buy it!
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