Ladytron's music both reflects and drives its fashion-forward image and DJ-culture celebrity. Whispery vocal detachment and burbling analog instruments on tunes such as "Playgirl," "Seventeen" or "Blue Jeans" conjure sophisticated snapshots: the seductive curl of smoke rings, the glacial coldness of Teutonic disco, the menace of a spy-noir film. The Liverpool quartet's new album, Velocifero, doesn't capture the futuristic synthpop of yore, but thanks to help from NIN collaborator Alessandro Cortini and Justice pal Vicarious Bliss, hints of industrial stuttering and glacial funk abound. Datarock — a shambling, Devo-meets-Bloc Party group of Norwegian electro-punks — is a worthy opening act.
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