Thursday, October 11, 2012


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s recent reformation was an unexpectedly fruitful and successful event for the veteran Liverpudlian synth-pop outfit, an occurrence made even more surprising by the fact that the original quartet instantly recaptured their erstwhile, reliably professional intra-band temperament, despite having not played together since the late 1980s. Platitudes from all quarters poured in, and even uppity music critics who had earlier snubbed the band’s make of accessibly elegant synth-pop conceded that their music does deserve a prominent spot in the annals of pop-music history. To commemorate this historic reunion, the four went on the road in 2007, performing their 1981 magnum opus ‘Architecture and Morality’ in its entirety at selected dates in Britain, with the rest of the set list comprising some stone-cold O.M.D. classics. Check out a particularly inspired rendition of the group’s early-era mood piece ‘Messages’, presented in the hallowed surroundings of London’s legendary Hammersmith Apollo theatre.