08 March 2017
26 May: Hidden Door, Leith Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
09 Jun: Oslo Hackney, London, UK
01 Sep: Electric Fields, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
More to be announced.
25 January 2017
01. Alphabet Block
04. Electric Youth
05. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
06. Lost Maps
07. Summer Boys
08. Little Knives
09. Invisible Girl
10. Heartbreak Kid
24 January 2017
The ability to effortlessly play with genres becomes more and more apparent as you work your way through what is such a sonically impressive record. Tracks such as album opener, the unashamedly melodic "Alphabet Block", nods to contemporary pop artists; think an electro-pop fusion between La Roux and Kylie. "Girls" expertly creates the immediacy of Ladyhawke's best work, with "Electric Youth" channeling 80's mall pop; a glorious guilty pleasure and one of the stand-out tracks on the album. Introspection comes in the form of the shoegaze-inspired "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night", giving the air of an unreleased b-side from a cult vampire movie, while forthcoming single "Lost Maps" is a pop classic in the making; a single that should be heard on dance floors all over the world.
After moving back to Glasgow in September 2012, after many years living in London, Marnie continued to write music following the success of her solo project and subsequent album release in 2013. Influenced by life, love, loss, politics and all things 80's pop, Marnie has created an album that has an intelligence and a depth behind what, on the surface, is a melodic contemporary pop record. With support having already come from tastemakers like Pitchfork, Pop Matters and Under the Radar, Marnie will be looking to build upon this through the release of her second solo record; an album that will rightly be deemed one of the most anticipated of 2017.
10 January 2017
11 December 2016
28 April 2016
09 April 2016
07 February 2016
01. Marnie - The Hunter
02. Wrangler - Harder
03. Spleen ft. CocoRosie - Beautiful Smell
04. Deux Filles - Her New Master
05. Clou - May the Force Be With You
06. Les Panties - Diving
07. Blaine L. Reininger - Anstrigone
08. Maxence - Cyrin Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
09. Marsheaux - Ghost/Hammer
10. Section 25 - Mirror
11. 23 Skidoo - Calypso
12. Ultramarine - Eye Contact
13. Antena - Le Spinner
14. Paul Haig - Four Dark Traps
15. Kid Montana + Anna Domino - The Last Love Song
16. The Names - My Angel of Death
17. Pascal - Comelade
18. The Durutti Column - Detail for Annik
You can buy it from here.
16 October 2015
30 June 2015
Whilst all four members of Ladytron have embarked on various solo projects in recent years, it's Helen who appears to have remained the most musically active. Her debut solo long player Crystal World was our own album of the year in 2013, and we described it as demonstrating "how inspiring, poignant, and engaging pop music can be when it's produced with such eloquence and sincerity". So suffice to say we were rather excited at the prospect of seeing it performed live – although perhaps not as excited as the young Dutch chap stood next to us, who admirably had travelled all the way from Amsterdam just for this gig!
Electronic duo U.V. who had previously caught our attention with tracks such as Receiver and Cuts opened proceedings with a darkly compelling set. Illuminated by just two red lights, singer Zandra Klieven's haunting voice allied to & Jonjo Feather's brooding beats created an ethereal soundscape that sounded not unlike the musical lovechild of Alison Goldfrapp and Trent Reznor.
If we had any questions or concerns about how Crystal World would translate, live with a full band, we need not have worried, because Helen has assembled a group of hugely talented musicians to bring her songs to life. Backed by Emer Tumilty on synthesizers and backing vocals, Jonny Scott who has played with the likes of the The Kills on guitar and synthesizers and Peter Kelly (Moon Unit) on drums Helen kicked off the set in fine style with the opening two tracks from her debut in the shape of "The Hunter" and "We Are the Sea".
She then informed the crowd that she intended to mix things up and launched into a sublime version of "Playgirl" from Ladytron's debut studio 604 (where it all began for us). There was a storming version of "Sugarland", replete with coruscating shoegazy guitar flourishes from Jonny, a pulsating hypnotic rendition of "Runaway" from Ladytron's 2008 Velocifero album, before things were slowed down with the hauntingly evocative, almost Bronte-esque "Laura". "Hearts on Fire" sounded like the huge electropop festival anthem it undoubtedly deserves to be, whilst "Wolves" was introduced as the newest song in the set. On first listen it's not a song you'd consider sounding overtly political but it was inspired by the Scottish Referendum, the need for change and the fact that people are sick and tired of a self-serving Westminster elite, as such, it was delivered with real passion.
We were treated to another Ladytron classic in the form of "Soft Power" followed by Crystal World's devastatingly beautiful closer "Gold" before the set itself was brought to an end with Ladytron's hypnotic minimalist pop classic "Seventeen" inducing dance moves from the audience that ranged from the energetic to the ill-advised Wink.
The only slight hitch arrived during the encore, when, as Marnie performed the dramatic epic instrumental outro to "Submariner" a rather excitable young lady had one of those "well it seemed a good idea at the time after a full bottle of wine" moments and constantly quizzed Helen as to where she'd bought her stage outfit and where could she purchase such a wondrous garment? As Mark E. Smith discovered during his Glastonbury set, there's a time and a place for everything, and this was certainly not the time to be seeking fashion advice. To her credit Helen concentrated on the job in hand, laughed it off and concluded a fantastic gig with perhaps Ladytron's most beloved tune "Destroy Everything You Touch". That's how it's done, Kanye take note.
11 May 2015
13 February 2015
Marnie - Crystal World
With Ladytron in hiatus, Helen Marnie set out "to create an electronic album with more of a pop element and pristine vocals" for her first solo record. Vocally and musically expansive like an Arctic escapist fantasy, this objective was achieved with Crystal World with the classic pop of ABBA and Mama Cass obviously apparent as well as Marnie"s love of fellow weegies Chvrches.
The brilliant launch single "The Hunter" was the vibrant electropop single that Ladytron never quite got round to releasing while there were other shining jewels like "Hearts On Fire", "We Are the Sea", "High Road" and "Sugarland". Meanwhile, "The Wind Breezes On" was Marnie"s own "Love Is a Stranger" while the neo-acappella "Laura" sat as a lush centrepiece to the collection.
John Foxx & The Maths - Interplay
"Interplay" was possibly John Foxx's most complete and accessible body of work since his classic Metamatic. Together with Chief Mathematician and synth collector extraordinaire Benge aka The Maths, the use of vintage electronics with modern recording techniques captured a mechanised charm while simultaneously adding a correlative warmth.
Among the realised examples of this fresh approach were the feisty "Catwalk", the electro-folkisms of "Evergreen" and the eerie "The Running Man". One of the stand-out tracks "Watching a Building On Fire" featured Mira Aroyo of Ladytron and was perfectly dystopian, while the title track and closer "The Good Shadow" both added a subtle atmospheric quality to proceedings.
11 February 2015
The vinyl is limited to 500 copies and has the catalog code TWI 1165. The B-side of the single features a driving analog remix of "Wolves" by Greek synthpop duo Marsheaux.
According to Helen: "The song reflects the sea of change that is people power. Where there is power, there is resistance".
"Wolves" is an electro ballad produced by Jonny Scott (The Kills, Strike the Colours).
07 February 2015
31 December 2014
25 December 2014
15 December 2014
Certainly, the positive response she received for her debut long player Crystal World and a return to her homeland has no doubt inspired her own independence. But with Marnie due to release a second solo album in 2015, what does this all mean for Ladytron?
09 December 2014