In 2003 New Order started recording what would turn out to be their final album: Waiting For The Siren's Call. It took over a year to record and at least £700,000 in production costs.
During these torturous recording sessions, they started
recording new material during off moments.
They completed 7 songs, which they were going to hold for the next
record. However - long simmering
tensions built up and the band split apart in 2007.
It took 9 years, but the 7 new tracks plus a remix of one of
the original songs were released as the album Lost Sirens in 2013.
You can hear it here: Lost Sirens by New Order (Xbox Music)
This album is well worth the wait. While many of the tracks on Waiting For The
Siren's Call seem overly fussed over, the relative spontaneity of these tracks
make them seem fresh and memorable. Plus
- the stripped down remix of "I Told You So" brings the song out from
underneath the gloss of the original mix, and fits in nicely with the other
In the meantime, New Order have reformed without "lead
bass" player/founding member Peter Hook and are touring the US this
summer. Peter is also touring - with his
son - playing New Order and Joy Division classics.
Give Lost Sirens a spin, and let me know what you think in
the comments below.
Also - if you want to compare/contrast, the parent album is
also available on Xbox Music.
You can hear it here:
Waiting For The Siren's Call by New Order (Xbox Music)