Embrace ‘History’ with OMD 

If you didn’t hear it last year, do yourself a favor — pick up or download a copy of “History Of Modern,” the first album in 14 years from seminal synth-pop duo OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, for all you old-schoolers).

Ethereal soundscapes like “Pulse,” “Save Me” and “Sister Marie Says” were self-produced, mixed by Mike Crossey, and stand as some of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphrey’s most clever work. McCluskey himself believes “Modern” to be their best effort since the fairly definitive “Architecture And Morality.”

The reunited outfit (with keyboardist Martin Cooper and drummer Malcolm Holmes) is even touring, with a San Francisco date on March 26 at Mezzanine.

Naturally, they’re doing it in grand style, with two tiers of privileged packages on offer at omd.brightantenna.com: The VIP, at $150, which includes admittance to the show, an intimate soundcheck experience, a band meet-and-greet, an autographed 8”-by-10” photograph and a copy of “History” in CD or 180-gram vinyl — limited to 30 people per venue; and the less-pricey Gold Package, limited to 70 fans, which includes all of the above minus the meet-and-greet.

Reviews on OMD’s recent sold-out European tour were full-on raves, so pounce on these deals now.

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