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Fantastic Minimalist Electronica,
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I have the Album for just a month. When I first listened to it, it blew me away and I had to get it at once.
Ladytron is from Liverpool and its members are Mira Arroyo, Helen Marnie, Daniel Hunt and Reuben Wu. They are clearly influenced by Kraftwerk, Philip Glass, Logan's Run (a very 70s SF movie) and other sources, but the result is a very original Album (a kind of Minimalist/ Pop c. 1980 meets Electronica c.2001). As great as the sound of the Album (Mira's and Helen's voices, synths, organs, the atonal scratchy sounds of Reuben Wu's violin) is... the Booklet Design - the drawing at the cover and the excellent photos (the band members on TV screens and drinking coffee or tea, buildings, a deep blue lake, and finally their equipment in the recording studio). My absolute favourite songs from the Album is 'Discotraxx' - futuristic synth sounds combined with Mira Arroyo's recitation in Bulgarian and Helen Marnie's singing, 'Another breakfast with you' - a minimalist song about the loss of emotions in everyday life and relationships -, 'Paco!' - a fantastic catchy song about a shopping mall odyssey -, 'Playgirl' and the finally the brilliant 'He took her to a movie'.
...And just today I saw them performing live - it was fantastic, the visual backgrounds for their music were scenes from 'Logan's Run', Original Videos by Ladytron, Abstract Graphics - Very Mondrian and Sol Lewitt - and the famous 'Spacegate Scene' from '2001'... And after the concert I met Mira Arroyo. She was cute, very nice, smiling - she told me that the photos in the booklet are actually hers. 'Great photos!', I said and she really seemed to be pleased. It really was fantastic to meet her... the only thing is, I forgot to ask her about the meaning, the translation of the Bulgarian texts, which she recites in 'Discotraxx' and 'Commodore Rock'... Well, maybe - with some luck - there will be another opportunity to ask her about that some near future after another concert - who knows?