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Ladytron Officially Announce First New Album in Seven Years

Ladytron Due Out February 15 via Ladytron Music and !K7

Oct 10, 2018
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Ladytron have been teasing their next album for several months now, but now it has finally been officially announced. It's a self-titled affair and is due out February 15 via Ladytron Music and !K7. It includes their 2018 singles "The Animals" and "The Island." Below are the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as a handful of UK tour dates from the band. Also below are the videos for "The Animals" and "The Island" again.

Ladytron is the follow-up to Gravity the Seducer, which came out in September 2011, so it will be around a seven-and-a-half year gap between albums.

In a press release singer Helen Marnie had this to say about the album: "For us, it's like getting together with an old friend. You've both changed, but still have that common ground. Familiarity crossed with excitement." 

The band's Daniel Hunt adds: "It's diverse and emotional. It's a lot heavier than Gravity, which was an intentionally more sedate, ethereal record. The atmospheres are there, but there's more urgency underneath." 

A press release describes the album as such: "Their self-titled sixth album is the band's most definitive work to date, full of catchy hooks, rousing riffs, sweeping melodies, and thick textured harmonies.... Distilling 20 years of experimentation into one propulsive album, Ladytron again push the boundaries of electronic pop in invigorating directions with thirteen songs that explore the disquiet of our times. Loaded with their trademark analogue synths propelled by relentless rhythm, Ladytron is a hypercharged album that radiates a visceral urgency."

The album also features guest Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura/Mixhell/Soulwax) on drums. Jim Abbiss, who produced Ladytron's 2005 album Witching Hour (perhaps the band's highpoint), worked with the band on the album.

Back in March Ladytron released their first new music in seven years, the new song "The Animals." It was one of our Songs of the Week. Then they also shared a remix of the song by Vince Clarke of Erasure (and formerly of Depeche Mode) and a video/short film for "The Animals" filmed in São Paulo, Brazil. Then the band shared the audio for another new song, "The Island" (it was an honorable mention in our Songs of the Week list), and also released an additional track, "Tropic of Capricorn," digitally and as the B-side of "The Island" 7-inch. Then they shared a video for "The Island," which featured a naked humanoid female (perhaps an alien, perhaps an experiment or a clone) escaping from a lab and being hunted.

Marnie had this to say about "The Island" in a previous press release: "These past two years, during which we've been making this record, have been an accelerating turmoil, traumatic for everyone. I think only by confronting and embracing this reality do we stand a chance of getting beyond it."

Under the Radar go way back with the band, we interviewed them about their debut album, 604, way back in our very first print issue in 2001. Since their last album, Marnie released two solo albums and Daniel Hunt co-produced the comeback EP by iconic shoegazers Lush.

Earlier this year Ladytron launched a PledgeMusic campaign to raise funds for their next album (check it out here). The PledgeMusic campaign offers such rewards as the lyrics to any of their songs handwritten and autographed by a member of the band, vinyl test pressings, a photo book about the history of the band, and more.

Ladytron Tracklist:

1. Until the Fire
2. The Island
3. Tower of Glass
4. Far From Home
5 Paper Highways
6. The Animals
7. Run
8. Deadzone
9. Figurine
10. You've Changed
11. Horrorscope
12. The Mountain
13. Tomorrow Is Another Day

Ladytron UK Tour Dates:

Nov. 02 / Glasgow - QM Union
Nov. 03 / Liverpool - Academy
Nov. 04 / London - The Roundhouse

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