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BACK THE FUTURE

ANALOGUE SYNTH-POP ENIGMAS LADYTRON ARE BACK WITH THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS – AND IT HERALDS A RETURN TO THE CLASSIC ‘TRON SOUND OF THEIR BEST WORK. DANIEL HUNT TELLS US HOW THEY FINALLY “FEEL LIKE A BAND AGAIN”.

Hit reset. Okay, we’ll make a Ladytron record now.” Ladytron founding member, guitarist and vintage synth enthusiast Daniel Hunt is explaining the process involved in creating the group’s new, self-titled album – their first since 2011’s Gravity The Seducer. “It was a lot more straightforward to make this record because there was no chronology, we weren’t following anything. We just put together a load of material and then we connected the stuff that worked best together as a group of tracks. It was really quite straightforward to make and it feels freer as a result.”

All of which is, frankly, excellent news for fans of beguiling retro-future alt-pop. There’s a confidence and sense of purpose to Ladytron’s new album that marks a return to the essence of what makes their best work so compelling. With its richly layered analogue synths, haunting vocals and enigmatic lyrics – not to mention a dash of My Bloody Valentine-infused atmospherics – this is in many ways the archetypal Ladytron album, a record that is both out of time and completely of the moment.

So, what took so long? “We intended to take a break after Gravity The Seducer, it just ended up being twice as long as we anticipated”, says Hunt. “It had been an album every two years, something like that, and tours in-between and everything else. But there were also big changes in our personal lives: having families, I moved to São Paulo, Reuben moved to Chicago, and things like that.”

While Hunt and fellow synth botherer Reuben Wu both now live across the Atlantic, the band’s other members have remained in the UK: Mira Aroyo (vocals, synths) in London and Helen Marnie (lead vocals, synths) in Glasgow. Hunt says their disparate locations have had little effect on how they work together.

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Issue 49 is on sale now! For our first issue of 2019 we put our head in the lion’s mouth to count down the Top 40 most important pop artists of the 80s. Will your favourite come away with the spoils? As ever, this issue is packed with great interviews including a very rare chat with Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon and we catch up with Joe Jackson as he celebrates 40 years in music with a new album and tour. We meet Dido who is returning to the pop fray and we also feature must-read interviews with Tracey Thorn, Tanita Tikaram and Ladytron. Depeche Mode’s troubled masterpiece Songs Of Faith And Devotion is our classic album and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to punk-pop pioneers Squeeze. As well as our essential round-up of what to look forward to in the pop world in 2019, we take one last look back at 2018 with our second Classic Pop Reader Awards. Our packed reviews section features the remarkable comeback by The Specials alongside new albums by Ian Brown, The Beat featuring Ranking Roger, White Lies and UB40 plus a reissues section that includes Prince and David Sylvian on vinyl, a comprehensive Paul Young singles boxset, Buzzcocks, Bananarama and much more. On the live front, we review gigs by Adam Ant, All Saints, Lily Allen and more.