London's ironic duo Pet Shop Boys have made a couple of surprising announcements today - they're leaving their label Parlophone after 28 years - and they're releasing a new album in June - less than a year after 'Elysium'!
PSB made the announcements on Facebook today - they've just signed a new worldwide record deal with the Kobalt Music Group which was founded in 2001 and is home to other artists such as Paul McCartney, Moby, Tiesto, James Murphy, Pearl Jam and Bon Ivor.
Even more surprising is that they're releasing a new album called 'Electric' in June - just nine months after the release of their eleventh studio album 'Elysium'. This is odd because the average wait between new PSB studio albums has been three years. In some ways though this is no surprise at all - just tremendous news for fans.
If you follow SummersRadio™ regularly you'll know I'm a massive PSB fan - but I also found most of their last album to be unbearable. Too much of it was far too bland and lifeless. Maybe Parlophone urged them to do an adult contemporary album or something (who knows) but it's starting to look like a bit of a contractual obligation album - not that that in itself is an excuse for releasing a craptacular album!
I applaud the move - it's great that they're so eager to release a new album so quickly. It looks like they're doing exactly what two intelligent, talented musicians should do here - distance themselves from the last album and make a better one chop-chop! 'Electric' will be released in June on both cd and as a download and it's produced by Stuart Price (aka Jacques Lu Cont and many more) who's worked with artists including Madonna, The Killers, Kylie Minogue, Scissor Sisters and New Order. Price also reedited their most recent single 'Memory Of The Future' and produced the megamix they performed at the Brit Awards in 2009 when they received the 'Outstanding Contribution To Music' award.
So Pet Shop Boys are returning to their roots... clubland! Here's a video teaser for 'Electric' that the band posted today. It certainly sounds promising as a livelier dance focused album - and dare I say that the music here sounds more exciting than the rather dated disco featured in Daft Punk's new teaser... Enjoy!
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