parodies by nacrowe
so excited that LADYTRON has a new record TIME'S ARROW (COOKING VINYL, 2023) coming out early next year.
i first discovered them through BRITISH art and culture magazines like SLEAZENATION, i-D and DAZED & CONFUSED around 2003 when their second album LIGHT & MAGIC (TELSTAR, 2002) came out. i was back in NEW JERSEY after graduating high school in CALIFORNIA and it was a bit of a transitional period in that things felt like they were starting to settle down a bit after years of running around the globe and being in culturally intensive atmospheres like privileged NEW ENGLAND boarding schools and unrelentingly conservative international schools in ARAB GULF countries. being at home around one of my parents (the other still worked abroad) felt grounding as well as the fact that schoolwork became my sole focus in life, not something i had to complete while dealing with outside craziness.
it was during this period i got into 80s POST PUNK in earnest and even dabbled in the emerging ELECTROCLASH scene of the moment with exciting groups like GOLDFRAPP, FISCHERSPOONER, THE KNIFE, FREEZEPOP, CSS, THE FAINT, ROYKSOPP and of course LADYTRON. i always considered LADYTRON as a step ahead of the curb in that their songs had a real SOPHISTICATION and underlying MELANCHOLY that tempered how CATCHY and WELL-CONSTRUCTED the songs were. it was almost a BEATLES kind of situation (and i dont draw that comparison because they are also from LIVERPOOL) in that they were conceptually, compositionally and sonically way ahead of everyone else. and they only grew more BOLD and EXPERIMENTAL as the years and releases moved forward. MIRA AROYO speaking at times in her native BULGARIAN on songs also gave their music an air of not being geographically-defined. during this period i would fly to visit a parent in the MIDDLE EAST biannually so early LADYTRON still reminds me waiting in international airports. their music would follow me through a semester abroad in CYPRUS during the summer of 2003, which included long hot nights in NICOSIA reading up for a sociology class as well as take weekend trips to coastal cities of PATHOS, LARNACA and LIMASSOL as well as one ill-fated trip to AYIA NAPA. for whatever reason, their songs made odd situations feel normal, like being the only AMERICAN in a dormitory literally full of IRANIANS escaping conscription in their native land. a decade later the same could be said for my experience as PEACE CORPS volunteer in ALBANIA. that sense of DISLOCATION is an EMOTIVE quality that i very much appreciate about their songs. now that i have been back home in the UNITED STATES for seven years now, i look forward to their new release as i still feel like a guest in my own country. i dont know if that feeling is ever going to dissipate due to my background living abroad for so many years, but at least their is some comfort in that DISLOCATION through their music.
im looking forward to it. embedded below is a DEER GOD RADIO episode on nonprofit internet radio station MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC dedicated to LADYTRON. enjoy!
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