Reunited synthpop favorites Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark will spend September and October finishing up English Electric, their planned 12th studio album and the follow-up to 2010’s very well-received comeback record History of Modern, the group announced this morning in an e-mail to fans.
Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys first announced last November that they were planning to enter the new studio the following month to begin work on English Electric. In an e-mail sent to fans this morning, McCluskey offers the following update on the recording:
“After a few weeks concentrating on rehearsals and concerts, we shall be focusing exclusively on spending September and October finishing English Electric. Many of the tracks are ready to mix and 3 need vocals finally recording.”
It’s not yet known when the album will be released. History of Modern was OMD’s first new album since 1996’s Universal and its first with its classic lineup — original members McCluskey, Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes — since 1986’s The Pacific Age. The group toured heavily in 2010 and 2011, including that lineup’s first U.S. concerts since opening for Depeche Mode’s breakthrough Music for the Masses shows.
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- OMD set to begin work on next album ‘English Electric’ in early December
- OMD to bring ‘History of Modern’ back to North America this fall for 21-date tour
- Stream: OMD, ‘History of Modern (part I)’ — off forthcoming ‘Live in Berlin’ album
- Video: OMD plays ‘If You Leave’ in a bicycle shop at South By Southwest last month
- Video: Watch OMD’s 30-minute in-store concert at Amoeba Music in Hollywood
- OMD brings ‘History of Modern’ tour to North America, SXSW in March