New Order will release Music Complete, the group’s full-length LP since 2005, on September 25th, and on Wednesday, Bernard Sumner and company shared “Plastic,” the entrancing second single from their upcoming album. The six-minute, Richard X-mixed track is reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer’s legendary 1977 cut “I Feel Love,” from its extended, pulse-racing intro to its hypnotic arpeggios and meticulously sequenced beats, yet communicated through New Order’s distinctive style.
“It’s official / You’re fantastic / You’re so special / So iconic / You’re the focus / Of attention / But you don’t want it / Because you’re so honest,” Sumner coolly sings on the chorus. However, the frontman quickly changes his tune in the track’s dying moments, singing over a synthy drone, “You’re like plastic / You’re artificial / You don’t mean nothing, baby / So artificial.” “Plastic” will be available as an instant download for fans who pre-order Music Complete on iTunes.
“Plastic” joins “Restless” as the first tracks unveiled off New Order’s new album, the long-running dance-rock band’s first without longtime bassist Peter Hook. However, Music Complete marks the first New Order LP to include keyboardist Gillian Gilbert since 2001’s Get Ready. The album also features guests like Iggy Pop, La Roux’s Elly Jackson, Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, who sings on Music Complete‘s closing cut “Superheated.”
In addition to the traditional formats, New Order will also release their latest album as an eight-piece deluxe vinyl collection, including Music Complete on clear double-vinyl as well as extended versions of all 11 tracks spread across six LPs. Artist Peter Saville, who has collaborated with New Order going back to their iconic album cover for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, once again provided the artwork.