Four albums in, and its quite clear that Liverpools Ladytron are not susceptible to the dancefloors flightier urges. Like its predecessors, Velocifero
is electro-pop to the core, a sparking circuit of cold emotions and enveloping synths that despite its remove--or perhaps because of it--feels the perfect vehicle for some genuinely affecting pop songs. Boasting additional production work from Nine Inch Nails Alessandro Cortini and Vicarious Bliss of notorious Parisian imprint Ed Banger, there is a certain robust quality of sound here: "Black Cat", sung by Mira Aroyo in her native Bulgarian, commences with booming drums and big black smears of synthesiser. But there are signs of a certain playfulness, too. "Ghosts" rides a lolloping glam beat that positions it in the area of Goldfrapps Black Cherry
, Helena Marnies cool, mysterious vocal recalling Stereolabs Laetitia Sadler in its veiled promise: "There's a ghost in me/who wants to say I'm sorry/doesn't mean I'm sorry". The Aroyo-sung "Kletva", meanwhile, is a cover of the theme from an old Bulgarian childrens TV program, performed with an uncharacteristic jaunt that, while relatively alien to Ladytron, actually works rather nicely.-Louis Pattison
'Velocifero' was recorded in Paris and produced by the band with additional production from Vicarious Bliss of Ed Banger Records [Justice, DJ Mehdi, Busy P] & Alessandro Cortini [Nine Inch Nails] and is the follow-up to 2005's acclaimed 'Witching Hour'; includes the single 'Ghosts'