Ladytron Delve into Disquiet on “The Island”
Second single from forthcoming LP embraces rather than escapes from our modern fears.
“The Island” intentionally affords space for crescendoing emotional effect” – Paper Mag
New York, NY, August 16, 2018 — ‘The Island,’ the second single from Ladytron’s upcoming album, finds the synth-pop quartet in fighting form.
The euphoric song opens with a meditation on desolation —“Farewell, farewell dreams we once knew” — chilly Italo synthesizers and emphatic drums that swirl into a driving, haunting rallying cry. The Island is lyrically expansive, both autobiographical and social, and narrates the disquiet we all feel. “These past two years, during which we’ve been making this record, have been an accelerating turmoil, traumatic for everyone,” Helen Marnie explains. “I think only by confronting and embracing this reality do we stand a chance of getting beyond it”.
“Tropic of Capricorn” will be an exclusive physical release as a B-side of the 7 inch single of “The Island.” It will not appear on any other physical version of Ladytron’s album. It will also be available for stream and download via Pledge Music as the B-side of “The Island”.
This past March, Ladytron made a triumphant return amid critical acclaim after a seven-year hiatus with their first single, “The Animals”. The single “wowed” Wired, Post-Punk called it “an infectious nihilistic fever dream,” while Stereogum characterized it as ”a potent combination of smeary dream-pop and futuristic robo-music.” Rolling Stone mentioned it’s “punchy, breathless chant,” and Flood who originally premiered “The Animals” described it as “a hallucinatory track of primitive synths and angelic harmonies, with lyrics considering our more savage instincts.”
With “The Island,” Ladytron continue to explore our personal, and social hopes and fears amidst tumultuous times with all the prowess and complexity that have made them one of the world’s most unique and compelling bands.
Single released Friday August 17, 2018 via Pledge Music.