album due April 21.
By Blurt Staff
Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for
Astralwerks on April 21. Titled Yes,
it was produced by Xenomania (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Cher, Kylie Minogue,
Saint Etienne), the album features guitar work by ex-Smith Johnny Marr and
orchestral arrangements by Owen Pallett (Last Shadow Puppets, Final Fantasy).
Never far from the public eye, Pet Shop Boys have been very
busy lately: producing a #1 UK dance hit for Sam Taylor-Wood (released on the
ultra-hip Kompakt label), remixing a track for Lady GaGa and co-writing
the hit UK single ‘The Loving Kind’ for Girls Aloud. They are also working on a
ballet, and were honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at
the Brit Awards this month.
You can check out their performance HERE.
“We can’t seem to remember how we came up with the
title Yes,” says Neil Tennant, in a statement. “Our official
story is that we may have taken it from the famous Yoko Ono exhibition in 1967
where you had to climb up a step ladder – as John Lennon famously did – pick up
a magnifying glass, look at a tiny word written on the ceiling, and the word
was ‘yes’. I think it partly came from that.” (Chris Lowe adds: “We
thought No was a bit negative.”)
All over the world
Did you see me coming?
More than a dream*
Building a wall
King of Rome
The way it used to be*
* written by Tennant/Lowe/Xenomania
The release of Yes will be preceded by the single
“Love etc”. Pet Shop Boys describe the song as “a post-lifestyle
anthem which sounds like nothing we’ve done before.” See the video HERE.
There will also be a limited edition version of the album
featuring a bonus disc with ‘This used to be the future’ an
exclusive track featuring Phil Oakey (Human League) and 6
dub mixes produced by Xenomania (‘More than a dream’, Pandemonium’, ‘The
way it used to be’, ‘All over the world’, ‘Vulnerable’, ‘Love etc.’).