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The upcoming album marks the band’s first announcement since they celebrated their 40th anniversary last year, and the first new music since their critically acclaimed 13th studio album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’, which arrived in 2017.

Predominantly written, recorded, and mixed by both members – McCluskey and Paul Humphreys – the forthcoming LP is expected to be Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s most explicitly political record to date. It also captures their desire “to be both Stockhausen and Abba”, and was written during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

“I rediscovered the creative power of total boredom,” McCluskey admitted of the project, hinting at the roots behind the experimental sound and political motivation behind it.

The duo also teamed up with David Watts – the rock producer who directed the recent chart-topping album from Sheffield band The Reytons — for the new album, with him mixing two tracks. – NME