Synth pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) are back, six years after their last critically acclaimed album The Punishment of Luxury, with a new album Bauhaus Staircase – out on October 27th. From it, the band have released their homage to both the Bauhaus era and protest art in general in the albums title track, along with rather brilliant visuals provided by Cine1080Studio
Of the track, Andy McClusky says, “I am a huge lover of visual arts, especially mid 20th century movements. The song is a metaphor for strength and artist passion in the face of criticism and adversity. When times are hard, there is a tendency for Governments to look at cutting funding for creativity, just at the moment when the arts are most needed to nourish our souls. It seems appropriate that the song and its eponymous album were created during Covid Lockdown”, before adding, “I rediscovered the creative power of total boredom.”
Sounding fresh and current while retaining all of that creativity and ambition of the 80s is something OMD have slid comfortably into with Bauhaus Staircase – bubbling, occasionally edgy synths jolt and fight for attention despite being at heart little gifts of melody, while the song itself is (typically) a pop banger. Welcome back.
Check it out, here