Pet Shop Boys Release New ‘Winner’ EP’sAug 14, 2012
Just last Sunday, Pet Shop Boys performed in front of a worldwide audience of millions during the Closing Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London. Now those same millions will soon get the chance to hear Pet Shop Boys’ brand new album Elysium, which will be released on Astralwerks on September 11th.
In the meantime, the first single “Winner” is being made available as two separate digital bundles, the first, released August 7, contains three non-album b-sides including a timely cover of the Bee Gees classic “I Started A Joke”. A second digital bundle, released today, features remixes from Andrew Dawson, John Dahlbäck and Niki And The Dove.
View the video for “Winner” below.
Digital Bundle 1
2. A Certain “Je Ne Sais Quoi”
3. The Way Through The Woods (long version)
4. I Started A Joke
Digital Bundle 2 (Winner Remixed)
1. Winner (Andrew Dawson HappyHour Remix)
2. Winner (John Dahlback Remix)
3. Winner (Niki & The Dove Remix)
4. Winner (Andrew Dawson Extended HappySad Remix)
“A Certain ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ ”was originally written and recorded in 2007 and recently reworked by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant. “The Way Through The Woods” was recorded in Los Angeles during the Elysium sessions but Neil and Chris did more work on it subsequently, creating a much longer version. It is a setting of a poem by Rudyard Kipling and, like “Winner”, features an orchestral arrangement by Joachim Horsley, Andrew Dawson and Ben Leathers. “I Started A Joke” is a cover of a Bee Gees song from the 60s and is intended as a tribute to the late Robin Gibb.
The album will be available in standard CD, digital download, and limited edition double CD where the bonus disc contains an instrumental mix of the album. The album has also received special mastering for the iTunes version.
Elysium features twelve new songs which display a warm, deep electronic sound, and includes orchestral arrangements by Joachim Horsley, Andrew Dawson and Ben Leathers. Backing vocals are provided on many of the tracks by veteran singers Oren, Maxine and Julie Waters (whose long career spans sessions with The Jackson Five to Adele), and singer/songwriter James Fauntleroy.
Pet Shop Boys said: “It was inspiring to make an album in Los Angeles, and to work with a producer from a different musical genre, who has brought a new dimension to our music”.