January 11, 2013

New Order's dreamy "ghost" record, Lost Sirens

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!


D'luv said...

Interesting. The version of "I Told You So" on Waiting For The Siren's Call has always been one of my two favorite songs on that album, with the other being "Guilt Is A Useless Emotion."

This version of the song is...okay.

Had no idea they were putting anything new out.

xolondon said...

this was supposed to be out a year ago, but I think there were some battles over it.

Diva Incarnate said...

Nice new look. It gets a colour-blocked tick in the style of Yes from me.

Daft Monk said...

Back when they were doing promotion for WFTSC and had let it slip they had more ready to go Stephen said that his favorite track was left off that record. They even announced it would be out in 2006...which didn't pan out.
The question remains as to what happened with the Brian Higgins sessions. Hooky said he didn't like them, but did they re-record that material with someone else?