Today, synth-pop legends New Order announced that they have signed to British independent label Mute Records. This news came in a statement posted to Mute's website, in which label founder Daniel Miller said that he feels "privileged" to be working with the band, and is "looking towards an exciting future."
New Order themselves also shared a statement about their excitement in signing to the famed record label. "New Order are delighted to be signing to Mute," the statement reads. "We couldn't imagine a better place to be than working with Daniel Miller and his team. Mute has a superb roster of artists and a history that complements our own. In many ways joining the label feels like we are coming home, returning to our independent roots."
The statement also promises that New Order will be returning soon to the studio to begin work on their next album, which would be their tenth. The band's most recent studio album was 2013's Lost Sirens, which was made up of songs that were recorded during the sessions of their previous album, 2005's Waiting for the Siren's Call. This new album will be New Order's first since the departure of founding bassist Peter Hook, who left in 2007 and has gone to tour with Peter Hook and the Light, which performs New Order and Joy Division albums in their entirety.
Mute Records was founded in 1978 and has signed such iconic acts as Depeche Mode, Erasure, and Wire. Previously owned by EMI and Universal Music Group, the label is currently owned by BMG.