Is New Order working on a new studio album?
They’re not saying, but last night (July 1), they performed a brand new song for the first time.
Titled “Plastic,” it’s the second song they’ve debuted in recent months. At Brazil’s Lollapalooza in April, they debuted another new song called “Singularity” (which has also been referred to as “Drop the Guitar”).
If they are, in fact, doing a new album, it will be their first since founding bass player Peter Hook left the band in 2011 (New Order’s most recent album, Lost Sirens, was actually recorded in about 10 years earlier, but wasn’t released until 2013).
“Plastic” has the classic sound of their late ’80s material, but — at least in the fan-shot video below — the bass isn’t as prominent as in many of the band’s most well-known hits. The song does feature loud synths, which is perhaps influenced by the fact that founding keyboardist Gillian Gilbert returned to the band in 2011.