OMD Returns with History of Modern
By Noah Michelson
On September 28 synth-pop pioneers OMD (aka Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark) return with their first new album in 14 years, History of Modern.
In tandem with the Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys, OMD’s blend of cutting-edge synthwork, cool minimalism and soulful pop -- featured on classic albums like Architecture & Morality, Dazzle Ships and Organisation -- helped to define the '80s, sold millions of records, and turned childhood pals Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys into stars.
“We were trying to be modern,” says Andy in a press release heralding the band's return. “After architecture, art and design, popular music was the last of the great modernist movements, and we were genuinely trying to do something new. Quite how we thought we were going to change the world with three-and-a-half-minute pop songs, I don’t know, but we thought we could.”
He continues, “I suppose the nice thing is that, just like in the early days, we made this record simply because we fancied making a record. There was no pressure to make a record in order to sell records and sustain a career. It was like making a first album again.”
To learn more about the making of History of Modern, check out this exclusive documentary short:
Also, have a listen to the U.S. exclusive track "Save Me" featuring the legendary Aretha Franklin:
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