Restless

While I’m posting stuff from the city that was the capital and centre of the Industrial Revolution this is the new single from New Order, thirty four years after Ceremony (see yesterday’s post). Restless is half electronic strings and synths, half acoustic guitars, combining Bernard’s world weary sounding verses with a vague sense of euphoria. Are we going to get into the whole ‘is it really New Order without Hooky?’ debate? The answer, I think, is no. In a way they don’t seem to look like New Order anymore. This song is perfectly serviceable 21st century electro-pop and sounds just fine coming out of your speakers. We’ll have to wait to see if the album, Music Complete, pushes things forward further- it features guest spots from Iggy Pop, La Roux and Brandon Flowers, which doesn’t seem very New Orderish either.