Erasure (Vince Clarke and Andy Bell) has unveiled the first track from their eagerly awaited new album, The Violet Flame. 'Elevation' is out on July 22nd , preceding the album release on September 23rd, 2014.
Listen to the brand new track - a hedonistic, euphoric rush of ode-to-love just waiting to fill dance floors far and wide this summer - here.
From the moment that The Violet Flame opens, the listener is drawn into Erasure's empowering sense of optimism. Once again - as they approach 30 years of songwriting, having sold 25 million albums and achieved more than 40 hit singles - with their 16th studio album, the globally-adored duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have created another stunning success of emotionally-charged electro-pop with euphoric, synth-fuelled melodies that strike instantly to the heart.
The Violet Flame, recorded in New York and London and produced by Richard X, sees Erasure express an infectious zest for the future. The album's creation - so soon after the release of 2013'sSnow Globe - followed a different path to previous Erasure releases. As ever, the songwriting was entirely collaborative but this time, the warmth of Miami gave a perfect backdrop for the album writing and the starting point, unusually, was Vince's pre-recorded dance grooves. This proved to be a more instant method of songwriting which saw the songs flow at great speed.
"I found them very inspiring and the tunes just came out", reflects Andy. "This time it was much more off the top of the head. All that we said was that we'd like to make an uptempo dance record. And that's how it came out."
The Violet Flame is available now to pre-order. As well as the standard version, The Violet Flamewill be available as limited 2CD edition, which features Erasure's legendary live performance at Mute's Short Circuit festival in 2011. In addition, there will be exclusive versions which include the 3CD deluxe box set as well as a VIP ticket bundle which will feature the album, premium ticket and opportunities to meet the band and much, much more.
The Violet Flame Tour begins in Miami on September 12th, with special shows through the US including Las Vegas in Halloween and New York City on New Year's Eve (full details below).
THE VIOLET FLAME TRACKLISTING
Dead Of Night
Be The One
Under The Wave
Smoke and Mirrors
Stayed A Little Late Tonight
1 August - CarFest Chesire -
22 August - CarFest Hampshire -
THE VIOLET FLAME TOUR
12 Sep - Miami, FL, Fillmore Miami Beach, USA - w/ NINA
13 Sep - Orlando, FL, House of Blues, USA - w/ NINA
14 Sep - St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theatre, USA - w/ NINA
17 Sep - Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall, USA - w/ NINA
19 Sep - Washington, DC, 9:30 Club, USA - w/ NINA
20 Sep - Washington, DC, 9:30 Club - w/ NINA
21 Sep - Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts Center, USA - w/ All Hail The Silence
26 Sep - Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata - The Music Box, USA w/ All Hail The Silence
27 Sep - Boston, MA, House of Blues, USA - w/ All Hail The Silence
28 Sep - Homestead, PA, Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, USA w/ All Hail The Silence
30 Sep - Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall, CANADA - w/ All Hail The Silence
1 Oct - Royal Oak, MI (Detroit), Royal Oak Music Theatre, USA - w/ All Hail The Silence
3 Oct - Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre, USA - w/ All Hail The Silence
4 Oct - Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre, USA - w/ All Hail The Silence
5 Oct - Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre, USA - w/ All Hail The Silence
8 Oct - Nashville, TN, War Memorial Auditorium, USA - w/ All Hail The Silence
10 Oct - Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center, USA - w/ Dangerous Muse
11 Oct - Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center, USA - w/ Dangerous Muse
12 Oct - San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Perf. Arts, USA - w/ Dangerous Muse
14 Oct - Dallas, TX. House of Blues, USA - w/ Dangerous Muse
15 Oct - Dallas, TX, House of Blues, USA - w/ Dangerous Muse
17 Oct - New Orleans, LA, House of Blues, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
18 Oct - Austin, TX, ACL Live, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
19 Oct - Austin, TX, ACL Live, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
21 Oct - Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
22 Oct - San Diego, CA, Humphrey's, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
24 Oct - Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
25 Oct - Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
26 Oct - Ventura, CA, Ventura Theatre, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
28 Oct - Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
29 Oct - Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
31 Oct - Las Vegas, NV, Palms Casino Resort, USA - w/ Brian Evans
1 Nov - Oakland, CA, The Fox, USA - w/ Superhumanoids
8 Nov - Belfast, Ulster Hall, UK - w/ Chad Valley
9 Nov - Dublin, Olympia, IRELAND - w/ Chad Valley
12 Nov - Reading, Hexagon, UK - w/ Chad Valley
13 Nov - Southampton, Guildhall, UK - w/ Chad Valley
14 Nov - Reading, Hexagon, UK - w/ Chad Valley
15 Nov - Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall, UK - w/ Chad Valley
16 Nov - Guildford, G Live, UK - w/ Chad Valley
17 Nov - Bristol, Colston Hall, UK - w/ Nights
19 Nov - Aberdeen, Music Hall, UK - w/ Nights
20 Nov - Edinburgh, Corn Exchange, UK - w/ Nights
21 Nov - Glasgow, O2 Academy, UK - w/ Nights
23 Nov - Brighton, Dome, UK - w/ Nights
24 Nov - Cardiff, St. David's Hall, UK - w/ Nights
25 Nov - Preston, Guildhall, UK - w/ Nights
28 Nov- Newcastle, O2 Academy, UK - w/ Nights
29 Nov - Wolverhampton, Civic, UK - w/ Shelter
30 Nov - Manchester, Apollo, UK - w/ Shelter
4 Dec - Cologne, Palladium, GERMANY - w/ Shelter
5 Dec- Dresden, Schlachthof, GERMANY - w/ Shelter
7 Dec - Hamburg, CCH1, GERMANY - w/ Shelter
9 Dec - Berlin, Columbiahalle, GERMANY - w/ Shelter
10 Dec - Aarhus, Musikhus, DENMARK - w/ Shelter
11 Dec - Copenhagen, TAP 1, DENMARK - w/ Shelter
14 Dec - London, Forum, UK
15 Dec - London, Forum, UK
30 Dec - New York, NY Terminal 5, USA
31 Dec - New York, NY Terminal 5, USA
Photo credit: Joe Dilworth
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