Andy Bell & Vince Clarke Launch Eighteenth Studio Album

Erasure’s Andy Bell hails from Peterborough and Vince Clarke from South Woodford making them very much a ‘local’ band for us here at Grapevine. The duo have just announced details of their eighteenth studio album, The Neon, and share the album’s luminous opener, ‘Hey Now (Think I Got a Feeling)’.

The 10-track album is out on Mute on 21 August 2020, and available as pre-order exclusives on limited edition neon orange vinyl, limited edition neon green cassette and CD in a fold out orange foil blocked sleeve with fold out lyric and photography booklet, as well as on black vinyl, to download and stream.

The Neon is a place that lives in the imagination, that we – you and me – put in the real world. It could be a night club, a shop, a city, a cafe, a country, a bedroom, a restaurant, any place at all. It’s a place of possibility in warm, glowing light and this is music that takes you there.

Written and produced by Erasure, the album’s initial sessions saw Vince and Andy reunite to work on the follow up to 2017’s World Be Gone with a fresh optimism and energy, in part born from their own recent personal projects.

Our music is always a reflection of how we’re feeling. He was in a good place spiritually, and so was I – really good places in our minds. You can hear that.

Vince Clarke

Taking inspiration from pop music through the decades, from bands Andy loved as a child through to the present day, he explains:

It was about refreshing my love – hopefully our love – of great pop. I want kids now to hear these songs! I wanted to recharge that feeling that pop can come from anyone.

Andy Bell

The album’s vocals were recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, with Vince joining Andy at the studio sessions, and the mixing was done by the band in London earlier this year. Photographs were shot at that time in the unique environs of Gods Own Junkyard, a gallery housing a huge collection of vintage neon.

I felt like it was being inside a virtual reality game. I loved that it felt like being in a different world. That’s what I want our new album to convey.

Andy Bell

The Neon offers us warmth and a brilliant brightness in our times. It connects us to our pasts and our futures as it glistens with hope. It creates beautiful places where our imaginations can roam, bringing us together, twinkling and beaming. The Neon puts you and me in a celebratory world, now and forever, illuminated and alive.

The Neon tracklisting

  • Hey Now (Think I Got a Feeling) 
  • Nerves of Steel
  • Fallen Angel
  • No Point in Tripping
  • Shot A Satellite
  • Tower of Love
  • Diamond Lies
  • New Horizons
  • Careful What I Try to Do
  • Kid You’re Not Alone

Pre-order link: mute.ffm.to/TheNeon Pre-orders via the band’s shop will include priority access to future tour dates.