Entries tagged with: Yazoo
After 30 years working on their respective ongoing music projects, Vince Clarke (Erasure / Yazoo / Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) come together for the first time since 1981 as VCMG to release a brand new album preceded by a series of EPs.VCMG released an EP called Spock in December and will follow that up with an LP this year (2012). Listen to "Spock" and check out the EP's remix-filled tracklist below.
VCMG is the fruit of initially tentative discussion and subsequent enthused collaboration where Vince and Martin, both influential as pioneers in electronic music, get to exercise their lifelong love of the genre as the techno inspired VCMG.
As Vince explains: "I've been getting into and listening to a lot of minimal dance music and I got really intrigued by all the sounds... I realised I needed a collaborator... so it occurred to me to talk to Martin."
Says Gore: "Out of the blue I got an e-mail from Vince just saying, 'I'm interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?' This was maybe a year ago. He said, 'No pressure, no deadlines,' so I said, 'OK'."
Listen to some Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure & VCMG below...
Yaz @ Terminal 5, NYC - July 16, 2008 (cerdsp)
tonight in NYC
* Yazoo @ Terminal 5
* The Dodos @ Cake Shop
* Ted Leo in Castle Clinton
* Brian Wilson in Coney Island
* Fiery Furnaces in East River Park
* Brendan Canning (BSS) @ Mercury Lounge
* Woman & other bands @ Death By Audio
* DJ Spooky @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ McCarren Pool
* Ra Ra Riot & The Spinto Band @ Union Hall
* Girls, Imaad Wasif & Quinn Walker @ Market Hotel
Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) was a short-lived but highly successful English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex that had a number of top ten hits in the British charts in the early 1980s.Another way to put it: Yazoo was Vince Clarke's band after he left Depeche Mode and before he started Erasure with Andy Bell. Even if the name doesn't ring a bell, you probably know at least one song.....
Heavily influenced by earlier bands like Kraftwerk, Yazoo expanded upon the synthpop formula by juxtaposing Alison Moyet's vocals with Vince Clarke's electronic hooks. Its sound referenced disco but added a more disaffected attitude that disco lacked. Their second album saw greater songwriting input from Moyet, adding a rather more mature and soulful flavour, particularly on the hit single "Nobody's Diary."