Ladytron is a cult
British synthpop band. Originally labeled as part of the electroclash movement of the late 90s/early 00s, they have grown past that label. It consists of Helen Marnie, Mira Aroyo, Reuben Wu and Daniel Hunt.Discography
- 604 (2000)
- Light & Magic (2002)
- Witching Hour (2005)
- Velocifero (2008)
- Gravity The Seducer (2011)
- Album Title Drop: Witching Hour gets its title from the chorus of "Soft Power".
- Bilingual Bonus: Because Aroyo was born and partly raised in Bulgaria, each album (save for their latest) has at least one song sung entirely in Bulgarian. They even did a cover of a Bulgarian rock song.
- Broken Record: All two verses of "Seventeen".
- Bunnies for Cuteness: In the video for "Ghosts", many rabbits add cuteness to imagery that would otherwise be quite dark.
- Dream Team: They have worked with and opened for a ton of fantastic artists, but perhaps the one they've toured with that's most stylistically compatible with them is Goldfrapp.
- Multinational Team: A Scot (Helen), a Bulgarian (Mira), a Brit (Daniel) and a Chinese guy (well, Rueben's British-born and raised, but still). If you count the producer of their last two albums, there's also an Italian as well.
- Last Note Nightmare: "Soft Power".
- Lighter and Softer: Gravity the Seducer is considerably lighter than Velocifero.
- New Sound Album: Starting with Witching Hour, the group has effectively switched up their sound with each album, whereas the first two were generally in the same style. While Witching Hour, Velocifero, and Gravity the Seducer are all synthpop, they're all different interpretations of it; WH is more of a general dream pop, borderline shoegazing affair, andVelocifero is essentially a heavily electronic New Wave Album. Gravity, on the other hand, is more of a baroque dream pop, with a bit of a cinematic flare.
- Obsession Song: "Burning Up"
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Helen Marnie fulfills this role quite beautifully.
- Shout-Out: The band's name derives from a Roxy Music song of the same name.
- Soprano and Gravel: A version of this; Marnie's voice is very airy, and relatively high, which is in stark contrast to Aroyo's deep, stern vocals.
- Step Up to the Microphone: "Versus" is a duet between Marnie and Hunt, making it the first Ladytron song with male lead vocals
- Surreal Music Video: The music video for White Elephant.
- Titled After the Song: The band was named after a 1972 Roxy Music song. Brian Eno himself is a fan of Ladytron.
- The Pete Best: Lisa Eriksson (now part of Techno Squirrels) was a member long enough to record their first song, "He Took Her To A Movie". She sounds so much like both Marnie and Aroyo that most people (even Pitchfork in their 604 review) assume it's them singing.