It's always an exciting time when you learn that the next Erasure album is starting to come together and thanks to a collection of interviews and comments made by the band on Twitter, we can start piecing together what to expect from the new record.
So what we know about the next Erasure album? Well, the band met up in Florida in April to start writing songs having met up earlier in the year to discuss ideas for the album. And this tweet from Vince yesterday states that he and Andy are meeting today to continue working on the next release!
Dinger's visiting the studio tomorrow so I'm doing a bit of dusting.. :)
— VeryRecords (@VeryRecords) May 3, 2016
It is understood that Andy is meeting with Vince today at his studio in New York to start recording vocals.
It appears that the band will be self-producing the album according to this tweet from Vince:
@Hergallego Yeah, Andy and I are gonna' produce. Definitely in that direction.. :) V
— VeryRecords (@VeryRecords) April 7, 2016
The "in that direction" comment is in response to being asked if the new album is to be the spiritual successor to the band's 1995 album Erasure, which has been mentioned a few times by the band previously. In a recent interview conducted by Phil Marriott, Andy stated that the album isn't totally going to a modern version of Erasure however:
I thought it was going to be [a follow up to Erasure] but so far it seems like a kind of trance [music] – and very laid back. I'm very excited by the music, I think it's the best music Vince has done for ages.
Andy, March 2016
The laid back vibe is echoed by Vince's tweet to the Erasure4rum, stating that the album will have sparsely used percussion:
So when can we expect the album to be released? A winter 2016 release date is not impossible, although I wouldn't be surprised if the album is finally released early in 2017. Next year seems more likely given all the vinyl re-issues that have been released this year, as well as the forthcoming (but so far missing in action) anthology to mark the band's 30th anniversary. Whilst there are still plans for a one-off event/concert to mark the band's three decades together, a full blown tour to promote the new album seems unlikely as Andy explained to the Manchester Evening News:
We have no plans to tour yet because Vince’s child is in school and he needs to keep him there! It’s not out of the question that we might tour.
Andy, February 2016
So, anyone else excited yet? How do you feel about a low-tempo vibe for the next album? Leave your comments below.
UPDATE 10th July: 2017 release date officially confirmed, along with a probably tour! Roll on next year!