Ladytron reveal the music video for “Faces,” directed by band member Daniel Hunt. It is a photo roman-style clip inspired by Chris Marker’s short film La Jetée and the Italian Giallo genre. Helen Marnie plays the disincarnate protagonist, in an encounter with the inhabitants of an atemporal world.
New single ‘Faces’, the third track from forthcoming album ‘Time’s Arrow’, is now available on streaming platforms.
‘Time’s Arrow’ will be released on January 20, 2023.
‘Misery remember me’, the second single from the forthcoming Ladytron album ‘Time’s arrow’.
As the band have often said: “Where we are from it is always Halloween.” The film to accompany new Ladytron single “City of Angels” Is a choreographed musical thriller inspired by cult favorites Roeg and Argento, shot in the brutalist mansion of architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The band haunts the set that surrounds lead actress Bianca Comparato, the star of the Netflix science fiction drama 3%, who brings her supernatural acting skills to the forefront as she plays a photographer entranced and drawn in by a mysterious force.
Bianca comments, “I’m such a fan of Ladytron – I was lucky enough to be in the music video…the whole experience was a dream come true.”
“City of Angels” is the first single from Ladytron’s upcoming album, Time’s Arrow, which will be released on January 20 2023.
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NEW SINGLE – CITY OF ANGELS – OUT FRIDAY 14th OCT
UK TOUR MARCH 2023
Electronic pop quartet Ladytron announce their highly anticipated seventh studio album Time’s Arrow, with the brand new single City Of Angels online today. The album, set for release via Cooking Vinyl on 20th January 2023, will be followed by UK tour dates in March.
City of Angels is their first new music released since 2019. Over Ladytron’s insistent analogue backing, the song inverts sensuous imagery into a vision of a near future with a collapse of cultural memory. “It’s about forgetting,” says Daniel Hunt “…how fragile it is,” “…not about one particular place or other, but a merging of them.”
Beauty, disposability and fragility of the culture that surrounds us, and the exhilaration of freeing yourself from those structures… these are themes Ladytron return to on Time’s Arrow. Crystalline melodies enveloped in icy textures and rippling arpeggios, shoegaze, disco, and industrial sounds that combine in their signature electro pop style.
The mood of Time’s Arrow is strangely optimistic, freeing – utopian, even. Have they left dystopia behind? “We’re already there,” Helen Marnie points out.
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True Mathematics” was filmed at the 2002 Light & Magic tour shows in London and Manchester – and forgotten for the past two decades. They are each creatively edited with abstract light effects to celebrate the band’s past as well as keeping them contemporary and fresh. It is, indeed, light and magic: we see the rare blossoming of a band that eluded today’s ubiquitous cellphone concert footage, and with the monochromatic approach, the video for “True Mathematics” presents them almost like an old clip from the classic NYC new wave show TV Party.
“True Mathematics” is one of several songs on the album that vocalist Mira Aroyo sang in her native Bulgarian, as she explains:
“We first started experimenting with Bulgarian on Commodore Rock off 604, because the language has such a different rhythm. We hadn’t planned on writing more songs in Bulgarian, but the instrumental for True Maths screamed out for something hard and staccato – kind of like The Normal’s Warm Leatherette. We pushed the sound of the language to be as percussive and metallic as possible, beyond the way it naturally is. Live, the song took on a life of its own – it became even harder, almost heavy metal. Also not many bands open their sets with a song in a foreign language, so it felt like a statement of intent. “
On utilizing the footage, Daniel Hunt adds:
“We realised was there was little record of how the band was in the flesh at that moment, late 2002. Nobody had phones with cameras, let alone video. It was Ladytron at its most punk. There was a still a lot of confusion about what we were. Still is. Going through the archives we found these tapes that our UK label had shot in the first days of the tour, and had been long forgotten about. They capture a unique group when it was just hitting its stride, at the very beginning of a world tour for Light & Magic that would last a whole year.”