Release Date: Mar 29, 2011
Record label: Nettwerk
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Dream Pop
Early on, Pitchfork contributor Stephen Troussé off-handedly described Ladytron as the second coming of Elastica. It was a good enough comparison for me to remember it a decade later. Like Elastica, Ladytron are a co-ed band built on detachment, androgyny, black clothing, and tons of hooks. Also like Elastica, they were dogged at the start as being vacant fashionistas photocopying the past.
Da Vinci was famed for many things. Technological ingenuity. Pioneering anatomical designs. ‘Quite good’ paintings. Side-splitting mother-in-law jokes. One lesser known fact is that Leo also drafted preliminary sketches outlining the four-stage lifecycle of the classic synth band. Today, we ….
During the 2000s, Ladytron carved out an intriguing niche for themselves in the electro-pop world, forging innocent indie pop melodies with electronics that were by turns nostalgic and menacingly futuristic. This straightforwardly named set presents nearly every standout moment from the band’s albums in a thoughtful mix that lets each album’s sound come through while also contributing to the overall flow. Because Ladytron’s approach is so distinctive -- due in part to the complementary styles of vocalists Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo, and also to the way the band incorporated everything from shoegaze to darkwave to chiptune into its sound -- the band’s earliest work is as fresh as its later music.