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New Music Monday: “History of Modern” by Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark


This album released in September but I missed it so I thought I’d do a post on it in case you missed it as well.

History of Modern is Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark’s (OMD) 11th studio album and their first studio album in 15 years. It features the original “classic 4 piece lineup” of founding members Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys along with Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper.

I’ve been listening to OMD since the beginning and was a huge fan of their early albums such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1980), Organisation (1980), and Architecture & Morality (1981). When I was a baby synthesist I cut my teeth sequencing covers of a few OMD songs (along with other seminal synth bands like Gary Numan, DEVO, and Kraftwerk) – so I was quite excited to learn of this new release.

IMHO this is some of their best work. It’s definitely not simply a nostalgia retread. The album has solid songwriting, interesting production with a nod to their iconic sound, and some new surprises like the more dance floor oriented track “Pulse”. It’s definitely worth a listen.

They’ve produced a few videos to support the album as well.  Here is  a video of “If You Want

By the way, OMD is currently touring North America. I’ll include a tour link below. Here are some videos I dug up on YouTube of recent live performances.

View embedded video of “Sister Marie Says”

View embedded video of “History of Modern Pt 1”.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO

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