1. High Rise
2. Destroy Everything You Touch
3. International Dateline
4. Soft Power
8. Fighting In Built Up Areas
9. Last One Standing
11. Beauty 2
13. All The Way
14. DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH HOT CHIP REMIX
15. INTERNATIONAL DATELINE SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO MIX.
16. SOFT POWER VICARIOUS BLISS AM RADIO SYMPHONY MIX
So Sweet Records are proud to announce a new version of the critically acclaimed Ladytron album Witching Hour
The album now features three bonus remixes courtesy of Hot Chip, Simian Mobile Disco and AM Radio Symphony.
In pop folklore, bands were allowed three LPs to become themselves, yet the fabled third album is an increasing rarity in this low-attention-span epoch. So it comes as a bit of a rare treat to find that Liverpool-based boy / girl four-piece Ladytron have reached this mythical milestone with 'Witching Hour', their best album yet, and one that still fizzes and sparks with the bandıs own idiosyncratic charms. Yet 'Witching Hour' is an album that reaches further than itıs predecessors; warm and dense, there is a feeling of susceptible magic wrapped within itıs thirteen tracks - Ladytron have finally been allowed the grace to become themselves. Itıs the first to give a truly rounded insight into what Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu, are all about. They can still make music starched and synthetic, but, unlike it's predecessors '604' and 'Light & Magic', at its core 'Witching Hour' is wild and unstable; a synth-pop record which rages with a new unbridled energy. Their critically lauded 2001 debut '604' album spawned a glut of imitators. Their darker late 2002 release 'Light & Magic' featuring the worldwide cult hit 'Seventeen', was toured around the globe for 12 months, selling out coast to coast in the US along the way. Returning home, they started work immediately on their new record, but spent 2004 oscillating wildly while their UK and US record labels imploded, before eventually completing the LP in 2005 for Ryko & Island/Universal. In the interim they travelled, wrote, honed and perfected. From the euro daydreaming of '604', to the Los Angeles recorded 'Light & Magic', Ladytronıs output has often been something of a travelogue. But since L&M, their travels have broadened the group beyond the aspirational nature of their earlier work. Tours to Argentina, Brazil and China have added an extra dimension to their influences and a greater awareness of home. There may be shoegazy shades of Young Marble Giants, early Stereolab and the Cocteau Twins within the new album, yet the references remain oblique rather than obvious and itıs as much their development as a live band as their previous studio albums that informs the feel and swirling atmospheres of Witching Hour. It is the sound of an electronic band rediscovering their leftfield indie roots, experimenting, enlarging their palette of sound. And assisted in their sonic exploration by producer Jim Abbiss (DJ Shadow, Placebo, Kasabian) - sounding all the better for it. The period since their last album has seen them mature from being a group finding their feet with both voices and instruments to a group who have learned to craft a hook drenched pop music that lurches from one trip to another often in the same song. Ladytron have stood their ground in a market saturated with wannabes and also-rans, they have become familiar with every aspect of what they do. Avoidance of the generic, has been crucial all along: "We've never been interested in being a trad. anything," insists Mira. "Everything is done our own way. I've always been into Krautrock bands like Neu! and Can, and I love the fact that I can't really tell what instruments they used. It doesn't really matter." Indeed, the beauty of 'Witching Hour' is not in guessing what instrument made which sound, it is in marvelling at how Ladytron have produced such a striking set of pop songs.