Awesome mu­sic from the ar­chives - Or­ches­tral Ma­noeu­vres in the Dark’ s ’Ar­chi­tec­ture & Moral­ity’

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Donal Di­neen

It’s im­pos­si­ble to say how I feel about this al­bum now with­out ex­plain­ing what it meant back then. Then be­ing day one in the year zero.

Ob­jec­tive crit­i­cal ap­praisal is be­yond me here I’m afraid. This was my first tape. It was no or­di­nary love. First there was a tele­vi­sion. At some point the most ap­peal­ing thing on it switched from be­ing Wan­derly Wagon to Top of the Pops. Maybe it’s the mists of time get­ting in my eyes but it feels like I was only mov­ing from one stage of the mag­i­cal mystery tour to an­other. Both of­fered a way out. It was just the mode of trans­port chang­ing. One day my es­cape route was via a car­a­van that flew and the next it was an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent kind of car­pet ride.

Or­ches­tral Ma­noeu­vres in the Dark per­form­ing Joan of Arc was what did it. That was the big bang. Its im­pact forced me to take mat­ters into my own hands and go find it. The ac­qui­si­tion in­volved a long bi­cy­cle ride to Kil­lar­ney fol­lowed by an ex­pla­na­tion that OMD was not a bat­tery. I didn’t men­tion the ti­tle. Those were big words in a small town.

The only place I could hear it was on the tape deck in the fam­ily car. Lis­ten­ing to OMD in the in­te­rior of RZX 675 was when I re­alised I could dis­ap­pear and never be alone. The in­ven­tion of soli­tude sud­denly got eas­ier.

I can still re­late to all the hooks that made me fall for it so hard. It’s a per­fectly formed emo­tional land­scape. They were reimag­in­ing the elec­tric dreams of Eno and Kraftwerk. The beat­ing heart of the new ro­mance was theirs.

As I plugged in to the new power source, the car bat­tery drained. My next trip to Kil­lar­ney was for spark plugs. Just an­other spin on the yel­low brick road.

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