English Electric

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Vinyl LP+CD

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2013, BMG

VINYL FORMAT. Cornerstones of British electronic music, OMD, will return to jumpstart and rewire the canon with brand new album English Electric. The album was written, recorded, and mixed by OMD - Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys. English Electric is a 12-track letter to technology, space, love and a grand return to form for a band whose 1980 hit "Enola Gay" occupied the world's stage at last year's Olympics Opening Ceremony. LP Highlights include the radioactive clatter of "Atomic Ranch" - a song which pokes fun at convention with computerized voices - "Kissing the Machine" - which was composed in collaboration with early influence Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos - "Helen of Troy" - which revives the recurring historical figure motif - and the glacial, uplifting "Metroland," the first single. As Andy McCluskey says of the album; "The overarching feel tends to be a sense of loss, of melancholia, that things haven't turned out the way you wanted them to, whether it be with technology or personal relationships." The title itself - taken from a British industrial manufacturing company- has further resonance for the pair as locomotive enthusiasts and self- confessed technology geeks.

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