FOr Elly Jackson felt equal to everything correctly, as it the world as La Roux presented. The striking red hair. The androgynous image. The yearning and yet angry songs about love lost and found. The catchy pop hooks embedded in quirky tunes that the NME early aptly described as a mix of Bowie to "Let's Dance" times and the failed electro-pop of The Knife designated. It was the perfect pop sensation, her first single "In For The Kill" peaked in the UK charts Platz 2, the successor to "Bulletproof" place. 1
Success was perhaps overnight, but also the sound of La Roux had to develop only once. FOr Elly music has always been a refuge, a way to express yourself. At 13 she began, influenced by artists who heard their parents, including Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, to compose their own songs on the guitar. However, an identity she found only 17 when she discovered clubs, dancing and the endless possibilities of electronic music.
The world was ready for this sound. Overall, La Roux has sold over 6 million singles worldwide, the eponymous debut album went 2 million times over the counters. The only one who seemed all at amazing, Elly was himself.
"Then I was not prepared," she laughs. "I was 21 and was still living with my parents! The plate should, somehow sound cold and hard brittle and cheap. And that seemed to me just before not very commercial. "
The album was released a year later in the US and received a Grammy for Best Electronic- / dance album of 2011. Then Elly went on tour, and spent nearly two years uninterrupted with concerts and promotion. Then she had to take a break and learn better be careful in coming. "The tours have really enjoyed," she says. "But it all goes so quickly, you will be simply swept away and has no time to process it all. And then it gets a one. "
Therefore, it has left with the new album Time. "I wanted it to be more special, I wanted to have a level up," she explains. "I also wanted, as already on the first plate, actually all play itself. But this time the instrumentation was complicated and it took a while until I had it all. "
While working on the album Elly became clear that they musically developed in a different direction than Ben Langmaid, who had already been the predecessor of the party. For writing and recording they went to a barn in Devon, but Elly did not like what they came up with. Ultimately, she decided that the engineer of the album, Ian Sherwin, should accept the production. "We had a basic concept in which Ian and I completely lay on the same wavelength and we discussed in detail. It was about the idea that people had in the 70s of how the future will look like and listen to could, "she says.
"The new album is different. The music has somehow a warm, sexy energy. But it is still absolutely La Roux. This is evident in many places, the riffs and hooks that I write, and also to my voice.
When we were recording the album, we talked a lot about dub and we have in the beginning is often the term, Ragga Disco 'used, but I doubt that this could still hear someone out. Of course disco influences. I have heard a lot Nile Rodgers, I have always been. One evening he came by the studio to hang out and talk about music. At the end I performed with him then at the Montreux Festival 2012, which was incredible! But I still do not believe it now sounds like a disco album. It's a strange pop hybrid with small sprinklings of other things. "
Trouble In Paradise is inspired by a particular tropical island, which it has repeatedly visited since childhood. There is also a person encounters that that is very similar to it Electro-Calypso-track "Tropical Chancer" goes into the transparent, could be said. It is a very nice place, she says, but also very poor, a place in the fall in love visitors, would the locals but like escape.
"On holidays, I always wonder how the beach looks out of season, when it is empty. Or what the people who are at a restaurant always so nice, really think of the tourists who come and go. Mich has always fascinated, as it is in a place where you have gone. Or the moment after a party if only balloons lying on the floor and the place met a strange emptiness where once there was so much joy. That was an important inspiration for the board. "
Trouble In Paradise dedicated to the darkness that lurks behind the most beautiful song, the doubts in the happiest relationships and problems of any form, whether the riots in Brixton, the London borough in which she is still at home ( "Uptight Downtown"); Conflicts of pairs ( "Cruel Sexuality", "Kiss And Not Tell") or naughty stories like "Sexoteque". "It's about a guy who just can not stop going to sex clubs. Given me a club inspired, I've seen in Montreal when I was on tour. I found the name just great. "
The album has become less time personally, for mature and ambitious, in its content but also playful. But even if Elly emphasis on the texts, their actual stories they told with music.
"When I look at, for example, the album Young Americans listening, then I pay attention not so much on Bowie's song, "she explains. "I think the music much more remarkable, as together the individual parts, the syncopation, the playfulness of the whole. Or if, in a song by Tom Tom club hears a slight noise and laughter must, because it's so strange.
So I did something extended versions of tracks. So I can explore the music of the songs much better, I can do much more. This time I really wanted to let the music speak for itself. "
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