Erasure - Tomorrow's World (short film) (PopMatters US Premiere)
Synthpop legends Erasure return this fall with a new album, Tomorrow's World, releasing 3 October in the UK and 10 October in the US.
Synthpop legends Erasure return this fall with a new album, Tomorrow's World, releasing 3 October in the UK and 10 October in the US. By way of introducing their new tunes, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell present this 15-minute mini-film wherein they discuss their latest music, as well as discuss their artistic legacy.
Erasure has just released the first single "When I Start To (Break It All Down)" and you can find a rehearsal video for that below the jump. Frankmusik heads up the production on Tomorrow's World, giving the album a thoroughly contemporary dance-pop sheen, such as he has perfected in previous work with Lady Gaga, Pet Shop Boys, and Ellie Goulding. But then, it's pretty hard to imagine much of today's electropop without the likes of Erasure, Yaz (Vince Clarke's previous group with Alison Moyet), and Depeche Mode (Vince Clarke's first major group). OK, let's give it up for Vince Clarke, who is virtually the architect of the hook-filled pop melody driven by warm and dancey synths. It's a 180 from the earlier cooler sounds of Kraftwerk and the rawer guitar/synth/bass mixture of New Order.
And just for the fun of it, we're including videos of some of our favorite Erasure tunes, as well as some remixes via Soundcloud streams. This is pop.