Over the course of 16 albums and 30 years, Erasure has contributed a number of classic tunes to the modern pop songbook, helped to establish synthpop as an enduring genre, and proven that proudly out gay men can be commercially viable pop stars. While popular tastes have shifted considerably during that time, their music has never been hard to find in dance clubs. Their latest album, The Violet Flame, finds vocalist Andy Bell and instrumentalist Vince Clarke returning to the effervescent, body-moving pop that they’re best known for after last year’s relatively subdued Snow Globe, a collection of Christmas music heavily influenced by the death of Bell’s long-term partner. Brimming with gleaming electronic production and sharp pop hooks, it’s a classic Erasure album that sounds emphatically of the moment.
Before The Violet Flame‘s release, EW got on the phone with the pair to talk about its making and their place in the contemporary pop world. We also got an exclusive first look at a remix of their new track “Elevation” by Jack Antonoff of Fun. and Bleachers fame.