At no point have we ever responded to anything that’s been going on outside. There are always going to be people who want you to remain in the same place forever, but that’s not the way you make music, or anything else. It’s obvious that you have to be allowed the benefit of the doubt to do whatever you want, because ultimately when you started out, there was no one there to tell you what to do. You just did it. [Mira Aroyo of Ladytron]
At the behest of the noble and much aforementioned Adam at Fades In Slowly, it’s time for original and refreshing keyboards today. Listening to Seventeen (FF 2002 #31) is like being thrown in a time machine and wafting casually back to the early eighties. The breathy female vocals, the ticking electronica, the minor key thrill of the melody, the nagging critique of the ephemeral nature of youth…Visage’s Fade To Grey looms in the background…and there’s nothing to be ashamed of in that.
Ladytron originated in Liverpool, and started life in 1999 as an equal quartet of males and females. Two years later, the album 604 earned them recognition and set the standard for 2002’s Light & Magic, whence this single comes. They have achieved healthy sales and a huge underground following, which was a result of constant touring, at one time supporting Nine Inch Nails. They recorded two Peel sessions, the first currently available here, the second a live set at Maida Vale.
Despite the fact that their sound is made through electronic manipulation, they follow the lead of Clinic in using found instruments that would not have been out of place in a 1970s Bell lab, if their members are to be believed. However, all four members write material in differing styles, which contributes to the consistent freshness in evidence on the new LP Velocifero, which made the top 40 album chart after an exclusive i-Tunes release this year. Oh well, at least it’s good for something other than lining Apple’s pockets. Hearing Blue Jeans from the second session after today’s featured track, it’s a strain believing they are by the same band. Another laudable ambition in itself, I say.