The Video for NEW ORDER’s New Track “Singularity” is Irresistible WEST BERLIN Nostalgia

The music video for New Order’s new track “Singularity” is a nod to the walled-in temporary autonomous zone of 1980s West Berlin. It is composed of clips from B-Movie: Lust and Sound in West Berlin 1979–1989, a film by Jörn A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, and Heiko Lange that pieces together the kaleidoscopic music scene of this era. As the film’s star Mark Reeder described in an interview with 032c, this era in West Berlin had a major role in shaping New Order’s sound:

“When (New Order frontman) Bernard Sumner came to Berlin after Ian Curtis’ death, (Monopol) was one of the first places I took him. I told him ‘If you stay in that Manchester scene, you’re just going to sound like a second hand Joy Division.’ So I took him to the Metropol so he could hear this music at a phenomenally loud, pulsing volume. And it had such a big influence on him. It was because of this music that New Order started becoming a more electronic driven band.”

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