Pet Shop Boys’ new album Elysium will be released on Sept. 18, 2012 via Astralwerks, and was preceded by the single “Winner” on Aug. 7, 2012.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe recorded Elysium earlier this year in Los Angeles, the first time they have recorded an album in the U.S. They co-produced the record with US producer Andrew Dawson, who has won three Grammys for his work with Kanye West.
The album track “Invisible” was recently made available online, accompanied by a film made by renowned Los Angeles artist/film-maker Brian Bress.
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”.
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.
The single “Winner” is available on limited CD (with 3 bonus tracks), limited 12”, and as two digital bundles (including bonus tracks and remixes). “Winner” is available on iTunes.