The Pet Shop Boys this morning released the audio for “Inner Sanctum” a new track from their upcoming album Super, produced again by Stuart Price, to be released on April 1st.
Here’s the track list:
The Pop Kids
The dictator decides
Sad robot world
Say it to me
Into thin air
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe also published an interview online in which they talk about the new album, how it came about, and what’s in store.
Said Tennant: “We have a little studio in Berlin that we use and we go there to write. We also have a studio in London but a lot of the time we worked in Berlin. We started going over there for two or three weeks at a time, and just writing, and over this period, which would be from November 2014 to July 2015, C we wrote about 25 songs. So 11 of them are on the album.”
Tennant added that they wanted the album to be like their previous LP, Electric, but more electric:
“Stuart came over to our studio in London in July and we listened through to everything we’d written and made a decision to go with the more electronic/dancey • ones, including darker songs, like “Sad robot world”. We had ones which were more conventionally “pop” that we decided not to put on, but maybe might be on the C next album. We wanted to make an album that had a very strong electronic mood all the way through it. It felt like Electric had been a sort of “rebooting” of the Pet Shop Boys, reminding ourselves that we came into this whole thing because we liked electronic music. Until this album and the previous album we’ve never been electronic purists – there have always been other instruments and orchestras and N things like that. Whereas this album and Electric are purely electronic albums.”
And they wrote “Inner Sanctum” with Berlin’s massive club Berghain in mind:
“Yeah when we were making the track “Inner sanctum”, and producing it with Stuart, we de nitely kept thinking this should work well in Berghain, in that big cavernous power station. I mean you can imagine that even though you’re not in Berlin – even though you’re in Beverly Hills at the time!”
They also announced that they’ll support the album with an exclusive four-performance residency at the Royal Opera House, featuring designs by Es Devlin and choreography by Lynne Page on July 20-23.
Here’s a teaser with some footage: