Erasure had announced its new, Richard X-produced album The Violet Flame with “Elevation,” an effervescent anthem about love conquering all. That song proved that, even 16 albums and 30 years after their landmark debut, the enduring synthpop duo can sound both current and timeless while balancing EDM experimentation with sharp pop writing.
And as a new “Elevation” remix by Jack Antonoff (of fun. and Bleachers) now shows, Erasure has also likely inspired a current generation of artists to follow the same path. Antonoff starts by grounding the song with somber strings and looping Andy Bell‘s determined vocals, but then he ups the ante with metric-ton slams and neon-tinged synths. His remix sounds tailor-made for Hollywood’s next sci-fi thriller. More »
Erasure is back at it once again.
Following the release of last year’s holiday-themed Snow Globe, the prolific electronic duo has returned this year with their sixteenth (!) studio album The Violet Flame due out on September 22, helmed by British hit-maker, Richard X.
After we premiered the tracklisting and vibrant cover art for the upcoming LP right here on Idolator, the troupe debuted the album’s surging lead single “Elevation,” an uplifting slice of majestic synth-pop.
And, as with “Elevation,” you can expectedly equally bright and flashy things across the entirety of the record: “This time, because we wrote on the synths, Vince came up with some dance riffs. I just sang along with those, so it was much more immediate. We also did the writing in Miami rather than New York, so it was much warmer,” Andy Bell tells USA Today where the album can be exclusively streamed in full.
Listen to the stream at USA Today, and check out the full tracklisting after the jump. More »
announced their upcoming LP The Violet Flame
this past spring, as well as its release date of September 23. But other than that — and the fact that the album is produced by pop genius/frequent Annie collaborator Richard X
— not much else has been known the British duo’s latest project…until now.
Idolator is premiering the bright, colorful cover art for Vince Clarke and Andy Bell‘s latest album today, along with the full reveal of all 10 tracks — including lead single “Elevation,” which you can listen to below.
Additionally, we’ve listed out the tour openers for Erasure’s upcoming North American trek this fall. Catch all the info below. More »
If longstanding UK synth duo Erasure
threw you for a loop by enlisting Frankmusik
to produce their last pop album, Tomorrow’s World
, then hold on to your hats, because their just-announced follow-up, The Violet Flame
, has Richard X
at the helm. And we here at Idolator drink from the fountain of X. (See our raving over Annie
‘s 2013 The A&R EP
Erasure’s Andy Bell and Vince Clarke likely made a good impression of X at some point, since when we interviewed the British producer last year he had this to say about the projects he works on: “If I’m going to be spending time listening and working on music, it’s got to be something I like, or it’s not going to work — so there’s no point for anybody. That’s been my policy from when I started. It’s common sense, but not every producer thinks like that.” More »
Twenty-five years after their debut LP Wonderland
arrived, Erasure are back together for new album Tomorrow’s World
, following keyboardist Vince Clarke’s 2008 reunion with Alison Moyet for a Yaz tour and singer Andy Bell’s 2010 solo LP Non-Stop
. It’s the British pair’s first studio record in four years, and when it came to selecting a producer, they went with their fellow countryman
Frankmusik. Head below to enter Tomorrow’s
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Did You Hear?
:: Lady Gaga will take part in a live Q&A session with MTV’s Sway following the premiere of her “You And I” video this Thursday. [MTV Buzzworthy]
:: The studio isn’t the only place Madonna has been making sweet music lately. The pop icon was recently snapped getting cuddly with much younger boyfriend Brahim Zaibat in The Hamptons. [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Erasure’s new single “When I Start To (Break It All Down)” is “a fantastic pop production that combines” the duo’s “timeless delivery with Frankmusik’s savvy soundboard spunk.” [Arjan Writes]
:: Another season of Grey’s Anatomy, another soundtrack full of properly angsty nighttime soap tunes. Check out Scars On 45′s “Hearts Of Fire,” which you’ve no doubt heard in the show’s new promo spots. [EW Music Mix]
:: UK girl group Sugababes have unveiled the cover art for new single “Freedom,” which is much more tame than the music video. [We Are Pop Slags]
After the jump, find out which music acts will be appearing on the tube today.
Not only did Frankmusik hook up with legendary pop duo Erasure to produce their 14th studio album Tomorrow’s World
(out October 4), the “Do It In The AM”
crooner will also be joining the UK act on their upcoming North American tour. Things kick off on August 31 in Tampa, and eventually wind up 26 stops later on October 6 in Seattle. Brace yourselves for an all-out synth-pop dance party, America! Concert dates below.
Madonna isn’t the only long-standing pop legend who’s getting back into the groove with new material
. UK duo Erasure have announced that their upcoming 14th studio album Tomorrow’s World
will be released October 4 in the States (a day before overseas), with lead single “When I Start To (Break It All Down)” to arrive ahead of that. To produce the album, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell turned to “Do It In The AM”