Album release day is almost here for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. They unleash their 14th studio album, “Bauhaus Staircase” on October 27th. Thus far, Paul and Andy of the duo dropped off two comparatively different taster tracks, the title track “Bauhaus Staircase” and “Slow Train.” The third reveal, “Veruschka” which has just arrived is equally contrasting in style and sound.
While researching the upcoming “Bauhaus Staircase” release, I came across an interview with Andy McCluskey where he discussed the new album. It turns out that their love and appreciation for the arts played a prominent role in the creative process. In fact, one of the songs, “Veruschka,” had its beginnings a few years back when Paul sent over some chords to Andy with the working title of “Veruschka.” Furthermore, in the YouTube video premiere chat, Andy recalled his inspiration to write a song influenced by film noir. Pretty cool, huh?
Well, wait until you see the video for this highly cinematic offering from the duo!
Once more, the visual clip is another striking CGI animation of Hull-based Cine 1080 Studio. The animation features a figure that feels inspired by the famous Veruschka von Lehndorff. A German aristocrat, model, actress, and artist, considered the first German supermodel.
The black-and-white video evokes a melancholic feel but is still incredibly captivating. So much so, I am thoroughlly mesmerised by the sheer elegance conveyed through the animated clip. In the YouTube chat Andy also mentioned there’s an Easter Egg hidden within it. Yet having watched the clip many times, I am still too focused on Veruschka to spot it. However, a detail Andy has revealed, the car Veruschka is driving in the video is a Porsche 550 Spyder, the same car that the legendary Hollywood actor James Dean owned.
Release week album signings and intimate gigs in London, Kingston-upon-Thames, Brighton, Liverpool and Leeds. On October/November dates (Learn more HERE)