News: Pet Shop Boys album announcement
Pet Shop Boys return in triumphant form with their new studio album ‘Electric’, the first to
appear on their own label x2 (via Kobalt Label Services). The album is the first Pet Shop Boys studio album to beproduced by Stuart Price.
‘Electric’ features nine tracks in total – eight brand new Pet Shop Boys’ songs plus a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Last To Die’. Singer/rapper Example, who won a BRIT award last year for Best British Single, appears as a guest vocalist on the track ‘Thursday’. The result is as uncompromising a collection of dance anthems as Pet Shop Boys have ever made.
“’Electric’ is very much set on the dance floor. Our latest album often evolves as a response to ourprevious album and, whereas ‘Elysium’ had a reflective mood, ‘Electric’ is pretty banging! And working with Stuart Price ona studio album is something we have wanted to do for a very long time”.
Stuart Price said: “Making ‘Electric’ was an exciting experience. We recorded it between Berlin, London and Los Angeles using various techniques between old school synth and drum machine programming and new school computer mangling. For me it was a chance to work with two people who shaped so much of my musical taste, yet who keep on pushing farther in both a natural and unexpected fashion. ‘Disco’ (from 1986) was an album that always spoke to me because it blended song arrangements with dance floor mixes, and that is what ‘Electric’ felt like to make. Allowing songs to be full lengthwithout considering the pop rules, disregarding classic structures and instead just working instinctively on what was fun anddanceable.”
Pet Shop Boys will embark on the ‘Electric’ tour in May this year throughout the UK, Europe, North & South America and Asia. The tour is created in collaboration with Es Devlin (creative director/designer) and Lynne Page (stage director/choreographer), and has already received rave reviews when it debuted in Mexico in March.
Check out the exciting new video for ‘Axis’, which is the album’s opening track below: