After a year-long delay, New Order's new LP, Lost Sirens, is out next week. These are previously unreleased tracks from the same sessions that resulted in 2005′s Waiting For the Sirens’ Call, the final LP produced by Jim Spencer, John Leckie, Stuart Price and Stephen Street. My favorite from that era is the beautiful Krafty, but the album also included a Stuart Price pop gem, Guilt Is A Useless Emotion. Lost Sirens is along the same lines - the songs stretchy out, most veering into the 5 minute territory with nice instrumental passages.
Here is what band member Stephen Morris said about it:
When we did the first one [Waiting For The Sirens' Call] we had 20 ideas for songs - we were going through a particularly prolific phase – but we couldn’t make a double concept album out of them all, so we thought we’d just do two instead. The intention was always to write four or five more songs and then put it out 18 months or so after the first one. When we unearthed it from the cupboard recently, with the intention of re-editing some of the songs, we all agreed they didn’t actually need it, and it should just be out there.
I'll Stay With You Solid intro track and one of the most concise at 4:20
Sugarcane 80's synths. amazing instrumental bridge from 2:42 to 3:17
Recoil the jazzy one - very organic. literally shimmers
Californian Grass rugged guitar and lush strings. Subtitled "Doomy."
Hellbent a rock track with a great house piano break, this song starts Side B on the vinyl version
Shake It Up a sleek synth intro gives way to an uptempo stormer
I've Got A Feeling my least favorite, kind of meh
I Told You So this one is about drums
Stream Lost Sirens via Rolling Stone
The surprise is that these tracks are as good as much of Sirens' Call. They weren't locked away due to quality, but due to the band bitterly falling apart. Still, you have to wonder why these got knocked off that earlier disc. As usual, I love the Peter Saville cover above - it looks great on this blog!