Tomorrow November 30th, synthpop quartet Ladytron release “Far From Home,” the latest single from their eponymous sixth album which is set for release on February 15. “Far From Home” follows the enthusiastically received “The Island” and “The Animals” which ended the band’s seven-year hiatus.
With its lyrical intrigue and spectral harmonies floating along on an urgent modulating bassline, “Far From Home” is opaque, nonchalant, and very Ladytron, with a vocal evoking escape to a mysterious destination.
“We wave bye bye to the city, its rarity and energy. From the East is how we’ll come, just like the sun, as it breaks the canopy. The weaponry, ideas, flames and reverie…” they sing, as the track builds to a celestial climax.
“Far From Home” is the latest example of Ladytron’s signature mix of blissful electronic pop suffused with unusual themes. “Alongside a few others, it’s perhaps the most distilled Ladytron moment on the record,” says Daniel Hunt to Self-Titled. He continues, “This was one of the tracks which sounded most like “us”. It is more refined, and vocally more complex but feels most intrinsically us somehow.” The song will be accompanied by a new short film directed by Fernando Nogari, who directed the “The Animals”.
Earlier this month, Ladytron played a handful of UK dates. “It was wonderful to be back playing live together again after so long. The three shows went great, we all went away smiling, and it was of course important to see audiences again, some of them would have never been able to see us before,” says Daniel. The Electricity Club agreed, stating that the shows were , “… a reminder of how important they were during the early years of the electronic renaissance – and how important they remain as we look to the next decade of music.”
Distilling twenty years of experimentation into one propulsive album, Ladytron’s new album again pushes 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 the band’s most definitive work, a hypercharged album full of catchy hooks, rousing riffs, sweeping melodies, and thick textured harmonies that radiates a visceral urgency.
Helen Marnie says, “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.” “It’s diverse and emotional,” Daniel Hunt adds. “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.” The album also features guest Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura/Mixhell/Soulwax) on drums.
Ladytron will be announcing US tour dates shortly.