I’m listening to the new OMD more than I imagined I’d be listening to the new OMD. I won’t pretend to like every song on History Of Modern the British synth-pop group’s first album in 14 years (and the classic early ’80s lineup’s first in 24 years), but the percentage of good to bad is well in their favor. The first four tracks are a sorta perfect return to their various forms. And considering current explorations in electronic music — from Cold Cave to chillwave to Wierd Records to Crystal Castles to the Mercury Prize winning XX to newbies and plenty of bigger pop acts — it’s also the perfect time for them to resurface. As far as favorites, take a listen to this Black Light Odyssey remix of the stadium-sized second track “If You Want It.” Then take a step back to the fuzzy opener, “New Babies: New Toys.” Longtime collaborator/Factory Records in-house designer Peter Saville did the cover art.
01 “New Babies: New Toys”
0?2 “If You Want It”
03 “History of Modern (Part I)”
04 “History of Modern (Part II)”
07 “New Holy Ground”
08 “The Future, The Past, And Forever After”
09 “Sister Marie Says”
12 “Bondage of Fate”
13 “The Right Side”
14 “Save Me” (Feat. Aretha Franklin)
History Of Modern is out 9/28 via Bright Antenna/ILG. You can pre-order it now. Here’s the video for the album version of “If You Want It.”
Not as good as this OMD video. If you’re unfamiliar with their earlier work, check out Architecture & Morality. Fans of the experimental will also want to hear Dazzle Ships. I’m a fan of Organisation, too. Then keep digging.