‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ is OMD’s thirteenth long player and could be considered a natural progression from ‘English Electric’. The album takes its name from an 1891 painting by Giovanni Segantini.
It begins with the title track and a mighty electro rhythm section enhanced by a bright infectious melody, robot harmonies and chants. Reflecting on the dilemma of first world problems, it’s a fabulous opener that captures elements of KRAFTWERK, THE ART OF NOISE and THE PRODIGY. More Inside ›
Liverpudlian duo CHINA CRISIS are probably the most under rated band of their generation. Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon formed the band in 1979 as they were leaving school.
Caroline International reissue the first three Virgin era albums ‘Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It’s Fun To Entertain’, ‘Working With Fire & Steel – Possible Pop Songs Volume 2’ and ‘Flaunt The Imperfection’ as expanded deluxe CD editions including band’s superb B-sides and BBC Radio sessions. More Inside ›
With the first two songs previewed from their new album ‘The Punishment Of Luxury’, could it be possible but OMD are even more electronic than ever before?
‘The Punishment Of Luxury’ is OMD’s thirteenth long player and they continue their retro-futurist themes with ‘Isotype’, inspired by the International System of Typographic Picture Education developed in 1935. Meanwhile, the recently unveiled album title song is a classic OMD number with Germany calling. More Inside ›
HANNAH PEEL is set to release her next conceptual opus ‘Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia’ this September.
The video by visual artist Daniel Conway for ‘Sunrise Through The Dusty Nebula’ from the album captures the beautiful telescopic romance of another intergalactic dimension. The planetary soundscape itself recalls OMD’s eerie experiments like ’66 & Fading’ with its hybrid of analogue synthesizers, full brass band and ambient vocal nuances from Miss Peel herself. More Inside ›
While acts like THE ART OF NOISE and DEPECHE MODE pioneered the use of sampling found sounds to use as new virtual instrumentation, eventual improvements in the technology meant whole recognisable phrases could be cut, manipulated and looped to create new compositions and arrangements.
So The Electricity Club has put aside some of its snobbery to seek out 25 of the most inventive, and some would say, sacrilegious uses of classic synth samples in popular music. More Inside ›