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Erasure announce new album, World Beyond, map out North American tour

A post-classical reinterpretation of their 2017 album, World Be Gone

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    Erasure put out, World Be Gone, their 17th studio effort last May. Now, the London synthpop veterans are prepping to release an alternate, post-classical version of that LP on March 9th, re-dubbed World Beyond.

    For this updated edition, Erasure’s Andy Bell and Vince Clarke teamed up with Echo Collective, a Brussels-based post-classical ensemble known for their work with Johann Johannsson and Stars of the Lid. World Beyond was recorded in just ten days with Bell and seven members of Echo Collective: Margaret Hermant (violin, harp), Neil Leiter (viola), Thomas Engelen (cello), Jaroslaw Mroz (double bass), Gary De Cart (piano) and Antoine Dandoy (vibraphone, glockenspiel). Mixing, production, and arrangements were helmed by Echo Collective as well.

    “The process of this project was really deconstruction and re-purposing,” Echo Collective member Neil Leiter explained in a statement. “We started by listening to each track layer by layer, and then, using the layers that inspired us or we found essential, we reconstructed the tracks instrumentally. Each of the instruments in the band setup were chosen for their inherent capacities and roles. Often choosing which layer to put with each instrument was a question of matching roles and colors. By stripping so much away, we were able to find a new space for Andy to fill. The text of the songs became much more important in the overall construction of the songs, and Andy was free to explore more dynamics and vocal range.”

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    “The reinterpretations have brought such enormous context to the songs, it has created a new place for them,” Bell commented on the project. Clarke chimed in, adding, “The collaboration has given elements of the album a whole new feel and Andy’s vocals remain as powerful and uplifting as ever.”

    For a peek into the forthcoming album, Erasure have shared a video taken from the recording sessions. Watch below.

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    To coincide with the album, Erasure have added a new leg of North American dates to their 2018 World Tour. Grab tickets here.

    Erasure 2018 Tour Dates:
    01/29 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia
    01/30 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia
    01/31 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia
    02/02 – Dundee, UK @ Caird Hall
    02/03 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
    02/04 – Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
    02/06 – Liverpool, UK @ Philharmonic
    02/07 – Hull, UK @ City Hall
    02/08 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
    02/10 – Cambridge, UK @ O2 Academy
    02/12 – Nottingham, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
    02/14 – Ipswich, UK @ Regent
    02/15 – Southampton, UK @ O2 Guildhall
    02/16 – Cardiff, UK @ St. David’s Hall
    02/18 – Aylesbury, UK @ Friars Waterside Theatre
    02/19 – Brighton, UK @ Dome
    02/20 – Guildford, UK @ G Live
    02/22 – Norwich, UK @ UEA
    02/23 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
    02/24 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
    02/27 – Cologne, DE @ E-Werk
    02/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Mehr Theater
    03/01 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
    03/03 – Leipzig, DE @ Haus Auensee
    03/04 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
    03/05 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
    03/07 – Hanover, DE @ Capitol
    03/09 – Copenhagen,DK @ Royal Arena
    04/21 – Guadalajara, MX @ Roxy Fest
    05/03 – Santiago, CL @ Movistar Arena
    05/08 – Asuncion, PY @ Pasea La Galeria
    07/06 – Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore
    07/07 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
    07/08 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
    07/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
    07/15 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
    07/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theater
    07/20 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theater
    07/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theater
    07/24 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth
    07/25 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
    07/27 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
    07/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
    07/31 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat
    08/01 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
    08/03 – Dallas, TX @ Toyota Music Factory
    08/04 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
    08/05 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
    08/07 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
    08/10 – Denver, CO @ Opera House
    08/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
    08/14 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
    08/15 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
    08/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Masonic Auditorium
    08/21 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
    08/22 – San Diego, CA @ Symphony Hall
    08/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theater

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