Bernard Sumner says forthcoming New Order album will be more ‘old-fashioned’

Group's frontman says album will be finished by Spring

Bernard Sumner has said that New Order’s new album is “going to be finished by Spring” and that it sounds like an “old-fashioned New Order” record.

In the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Sumner speaks about the group’s forthcoming album, which will include their first clutch of brand new tracks in 10 years. “It’s going to be finished by spring and maybe released in the summer now,” he says. “Who knows? The most important thing is what we’ve done sounds amazing.”

Sumner also adds that the album sees the group putting the guitars away and returning to a more original New Order sound. “It’s an electronic-sounding album, dance-based but not housey. It’s being mixed by Craig Silvey [Arcade Fire, REM, Nine Inch Nails, Portishead], and we’ve worked with Tom Rowlands from The Chemical brothers on three tracks,” he says.

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The forthcoming record with be New Order’s 10th album and the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Lost Sirens’, an album made of leftover songs from 2005’s ‘Waiting For The Sirens’ Call’. It will be the band’s first studio album since the departure of founding bass player Peter Hook in 2007, but will feature the return of keyboard player Gillian Gilbert.

Speaking about the album, Sumner previously commented: “It’s rainy and cold and wet outside. It’s dark. It’s a good time to write.”

Drummer Stephen Morris added: “That explains a lot of the band’s content, doesn’t it? Bernard likes to be alone while writing – alone with his wine.”

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