Song of the Day, January 19: Motion and Heart by Orchestral Manouvres In the Dark

OMDMotionHeartToday’s song is Motion and Heart from Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark’s magnificent sophomore release, Organisation. It’s the fourth track on the disc, providing a rare bright note in the darker meditations. Anchored by a poppy keyboard line, it features a nearly joyful vocal by Andy McCluskey. While celebrating the inevitability of love, it also ponders the cycle of joy and heartbreak that seems nearly as unavoidable. It’s a nice tension, carried effectively by the title line.

OMD considered releasing it as the album’s second single, but moved on to their next album instead. A new version of the song — which is fine but doesn’t add anything to the original splendor — was used as the B-side of Souvenir.

Enjoy this synth-pop gem today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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