Tennant and Lowe continue to herald their prompt return with the second single from forthcoming album Electric. Called “Vocal”, the track makes good on the promise that album number 12 is a return to their dance music roots after the more ruminative Elysium. And boy does the video slam the message home: directed by Joost Vanderburg, the film consists of grainy, authentic VHS footage of ravers of various stripes accompanies the uplifting, outrageous synth stabs and snare rolls. Like the best imperial and late era Pet Shop Boys tracks, the heady tug of nostalgia lies at the very heart of the song, with Neil Tennant declaring, “I like the singer he’s lonely and strange / Every track has a vocal and that makes a change / and everything about tonight feels so young”. Warning: may cause uncontrollable flashbacks and fits of sentimentalism—in the best possible way. Welcome back, Boys. Note: If you are outside Germany watch the video on VEVO.
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Electric is out via Kobalt Label Services on July 15, 2013.
Published June 18, 2013.