More than a little respect ...

Erasure - Vince Clarke and Andy Bell - on stage at the Playhouse theatre in Edinburgh, June 1992.
Erasure - Vince Clarke and Andy Bell - on stage at the Playhouse theatre in Edinburgh, June 1992.

John Murray on a new album by synth-pop veterans Erasure

The whole Festival experience seems ages ago now.

On the final day while sheltering from the pouring rain on a bench in an outdoor cabin at the Gilded Garden, in walks Andy Bell from Erasure and sat beside me with his baked tattie.

I had introduced him on stage at a Festival event only the week before and it was good to catch up amid the mad melee of Edinburgh in August.

He was enthusing about the new Erasure album due out later this month called The Violent Flame (Mute).

It will be their 16th studio album after 40 hit singles and 25 million album sales with his band mate Vince Clarke.

What a mature album this is with ‘Be The One’ a heartfelt lyric over an understated electro beat begging for a remix.

‘Dead Of Night’ opens up proceeding though with the synth pop of old, and expect more on ‘Elevation’ and ‘Promises’ while ‘Sacred’ has all the trappings of dance floor momentum and that’s just on the album edit.

Andy did tell me there will be lots of mixes and remixes as they are keen to be the club band again and of course some the back catalogue like ‘A little Respect’ and ‘Sometimes’ were huge club hits when mixed in extended form.

He told me the writing always begins with Vince laying down dance pieces before the lyrics are tailored to fit.

I’m just amazed he has the time as additionally to his series of Fringe shows they performed at Carfest Hampshire after Edinburgh and next week the album tour begins in Miami before coming to Europe then Las Vegas for Hallowe’en.

Returning to play Edinburgh Corn Exchange on November 20, they close the year with two shows at Terminal 5 in New York.

Kris Drever & Eamonn Coyne have just released Mareel EP (Reveal), named after the Shetland arts centre. Jigs and reels written for guitar and banjo with full string backing are tasty treats plus Wintermoon in choice harmonies.