Tuesday, June 03, 2008

New Music Tuesday

Ladytron - They Gave You A Heart, They Gave You A Name

Ladytron's new album Velocifero hits record stores today. I have been listening to an advance of it for about two months now and I am a huge fan. The band put in a special request to work with producer Vicarious Bliss, who is part of the Ed Banger Records crew. Does this mean that Ladytron have gone all hipster French electro? Nope. This record pretty much picks up where they left off with 2005's Witching Hour. That record began to hint at a more poptastic direction, and this one has taken that even further. The sound is punchier, less murky than previously. There are a bunch of memorable songs, with lead single Ghosts stomping along like Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus, all glitter beats and twang, until that dreamy chorus hits and carries you away on it's synth pillows. Runaway, Burning Up, Versus and Tomorrow are all brimming with pop hooks. There are plenty of moody moments (Black Cat & Kletva, sung in Bulgarian), lots of tasty electronic touches, and several tracks where the quartet rocks out (The Lovers), reminding you they are a band and not just a bunch of synths. Like I said, I really like this record and I recommend it highly. Lovely cover too...

Also out today; The Futureheads' This Is Not The World, The Ting Tings' We Started Nothing, Radiohead's Best Of and Manu Chao's Politik Kills remix EP.

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