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The punishment of luxury
Is in the air for all to see
And it's ugly now
And it's getting worse every day

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The Punishment of Luxury

RELEASE DATE: September 1st 2017

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Track Listing:

1) The Punishment of Luxury
2) Isotype
3) Robot Man
4) What Have We Done
5) Precision and Decay
6) As We Open, So We Close
7) Art Eats Art
8 ) Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang 
9) One More Time
10) La Miltrailleuse
11) Ghost Star
12) The View From Here

OMD - La Mitrailleuse

OMD - Isotype

To describe an album as 'a journey' is perhaps one of the most over-used clichés in music journalism. However, in relation to the path that OMD's thirteenth studio album 'The Punishment of Luxury' takes its listener on, to deny that every song takes you to somewhere different would almost certainly be an injustice.

We start with the title track (and second single) that with the didacticism of its lyrics provides us with an explanation of the concept of the album; 'the punishment of luxury is in the air for all to see/and its ugly now/ and it's getting worse every day'. It kicks the album off with stylish aggression (similar to the way 'New Babies; New Toys' opened 2010 album 'History of Modern', particularly in Andy McCluskey's punchy vocal delivery) and, if you'll excuse the reference to that ever-present cliché, sets the scene for what is to come on our 'journey'.

After this introduction of sorts, we are then presented with a trio of songs that prove just how finely OMD have mastered their craft: 'Isotype' (a Genetic Engineering-esque track and the first single to be lifted from the LP), 'Robot Man' (an infectiously catchy album cut with a grittiness that worms its way into the back of your brain) and 'What Have We Done' (featuring Paul Humphreys on lead vocals, and surely a contender for the LP's third single). Each of these are clear representations of the way McCluskey and Humphreys write- using the robotic, mechanical architecture of drum tracks and rhythms, and then complimenting them with the contrast of delightfully lingering melodies and the morality of their lyrics.

Finishing the first side of the record are tracks 'Precision and Decay' and 'As We Open, So We Close', which, with the former's talking voices contrasting with the latter's soaring synths, leave us perhaps a little bemused, yet anticipant as to what is coming next. They also mark another stage on our metaphorical pilgrimage, and within their lyrics remind us that, as per the title track, a luxury for one almost certainly means punishment for another.

So we move on to side two, opening with the upbeat (if a little repetitive) 'Art Eat's Art', and moving swiftly onto the risqué themes of the moody 'Kiss Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Bang'.

And then, as if they had been bubbling under the surface until now, we are rewarded with the real fruits of our journey.

Gorgeous ballad 'One More Time' reminds us of OMD's heartfelt, emotional side, whilst 'La Miltrailleuse' (inspired by a World War I painting of the same name by Christopher RW Nevinson) cleverly presents the concept of the punishment of war within its machine gun-like drums and disjointed vocal effects.

After this sudden surge of emotion and energy, we have the penultimate track 'Ghost Star'- a heartfelt confession of a song that allows the listener some much-needed time to reflect on what they have heard up until now.

Finally, we embark on the last stage of our journey. Closing track 'The View From Here' with its wispy synths and haunting melody, leaves its mark as a highly satisfactory finish to an album of emotional highs, gritty messages within its lyrics, and very, very few lows.

Yes, it is a cliché, but The Punishment of Luxury really is a journey- and one that you will want to take again and again.




Andy Questions and Answers

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At some stage we will be doing a video interview with Andy, this is long overdue due to a number of factors.

Here are some of the possible questions that will be asked.

'Soundcheck', WNYC Radio, 25. 07.2017

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'Soundcheck', WNYC Radio, 25. 07.2017.
If you've seen the movie "Pretty in Pink," you know the trailblazing, synth-driven electronic band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. They join us in the studio to play songs from their forthcoming album, "The Punishment of Luxury."

The Punishment of Luxury- Signed Limited Edition (3000 Copies) Deluxe Book Version

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The Punishment of Luxury- Signed Limited Edition (3000 Copies) Deluxe Book Version
Price: £55.00 (from PledgeMusic, plus postage)
- Copy of the album on red vinyl
- Copy of the album on CD
- Bonus disc featuring demos of tracks on the new album
- DVD about the making of the album
- Individually numbered and signed coffee table-sized 'luxury' book in which the vinyl/CDs/DVD are kept

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OMD have never been a band to do things by halves, and as both the design and the price of this edition of their new release suggests, they are not going to be relinquishing that reputation any time soon.
The first thing that should be mentioned here is that, within this package, the buyer does actually receive two copies of 'The Punishment of Luxury' (one on red vinyl, and one on CD) as well as a CD of demo versions of some of the tracks and a DVD that explores the making of the album.

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Both the first CD and the red vinyl are relatively standard; although I know there were some complaints as to the condition in which some people's vinyl copies arrived in, this particular copy (limited edition number 1222/3000, in case anyone was interested) arrived in pristine condition and played as well as expected. In terms of sound quality the vinyl definitely trumps the CD, as it adds a definite punchiness to the music- particularly to the title track, 'Robot Man', and 'What Have We Done'.
The second CD and the DVD, however, take a little more delving in to- particularly the former, which includes demo/earlier versions of most of the tracks on the album. The most fascinating track to listen to on this CD is most certainly 'Art Eats Art', the demo version of which almost verges on pop-rock (Shock! Horror!) particularly during the introduction.

The Punishment of Luxury (12" Single)

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The Punishment of Luxury (12" Single)

PREMIERED: 18th July 2017
12" RELEASE: 13th October 2017

Second single from 'The Punishment of Luxury'

If 'Isotype'- the first noteworthy release from OMD's forthcoming album- was the mature, intellectual-sounding older sibling single, this second offering- the title track- is its louder, brasher, attention-seeking younger brother. The track is, after all, discussing the morally corrupt, depraved nature of the world we find ourselves living in, and whilst such a description is something of a cliché, the way in which 'The Punishment of Luxury' delivers its message is anything but that.

The lyrics, for example- in typical OMD style- are wonderfully unpredictable, verging almost violently from somewhat overbearing to borderline risqué (although the latter in particular certainly isn't a first for the group; previous subjects they have tackled within their songs include the KKK, prostitution, and the moral cost of casual sex). And yet, despite this, the track never once becomes crude or vulgar. Perfectly contrasted with the powerful back beat and a sparkling synth hook that could easily have been plucked straight from the early 1980s, the words (and the message they deliver) are simple yet clever, reflecting the uncomfortable truth of today's 'ugly', greed-driven society.

Whilst the complexities and intellectualism of 'Isotype' aimed to inform listeners, with 'The Punishment of Luxury' OMD clearly aimed to, first and foremost, force us to sit up and take notice of what they've got to say.

Track List:

A: The Punishment of Luxury (12" Extended Mix)
B1: Lampe Licht
B2: The Punishment of Luxury (Single Version)

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