Even an absolute megastar like Bono, a man so who really need to know it, it has ever been referred to as "the best pop group in the world", and as if that were not enough, their first three albums have sold millions of copies around the world , Proud 4.5 million times alone in the UK, and so they are now around the globe known from their home, the States over Japan and Australia, to Germany and over the English Channel in that they are so very loving island and Kingdom they already call their "spiritual home". You have worked in recent years with artists as diverse as Santigold, 2 Bears or Kylie Minogue, and it is no exaggeration to say that her eclectic dance / pop / rock sound with stark New York club-felling certain extent even the success of a Lady Gaga has paved the way. We are talking about the Scissor Sisters, because hardly any other band has succeeded Similarly constant repeatedly deliver the perfect soundtrack to the new millennium.
As for their albums, Scissor Sisters are at times like this - where the album format is classified as critically endangered by so many - the ultimate exception: your LPs you can always and repeatedly hear; the good old motto "all killer, no filler" applies actually in her case. Even their eponymous debut album in 2004 defined the gold standard new - strictly speaking, it was natural platinum - because it turned out to be the most successful album of the year in the UK, offering moreover clear that also can be successful, which stylistically into any category fits and instead dances on various genre weddings. The successor "Ta-Dah" (2006) also went to UK to the top of the charts, where it reached a top 20 placement in the States and arrived in Germany on # 6. represented on the album was the single "I Do not Feel Like Dancin '", a number one hit in a dozen countries, from Argentina to Australia and (over Germany) back, and the highlights of "She's My Man" , "land of a Thousand Words" and "I Can not Decide" which should terrific placed in an episode of the British science fiction series "Doctor who" emerge.
Then, after all, a whole four years passed until they published with "Night Work" in 2010 her third album, but had a longer break its popularity did not diminish: Again, it was top 20 in the States, this ranked # 2 in UK, and no wonder, was this club-concept album neat forward; Highlights this time were as the unmistakable dancefloor hits "Any Which Way" and "Sex and Violence".
So now, two years later, to announce "the best pop group in the world" with the fourth album back - and this is just terrific versatile and varied as the three predecessors. Already on 31 October last year announced frontman Jake Shears via Twitter that the new album is as good as in the box. Still, it took until January 2012, to with "Shady Love" a foretaste in the BBC radio broadcast of Annie Mac was heard. Jake had the track under his pseudonym Krystal Pepsy recorded with guest rapper Azealia Banks, according to the NME Incidentally, the "coolest person in the world". Fits indeed the "best pop group in the world".
On March 13, Scissor Sisters announced then the title of the new album: "Magic Hour". The first single would in the name of "Only The Horses" Listen. But these first two tracks - one hand astreine rave pop number to celebrate, as made for the dance floors in Ibiza; the other, a rap-pop track, the more in the clubs of New York City belongs - foreshadow how catchy and yet complex are the soundscapes that they have gathered on "Magic Hour". A clear case thus: Scissor Sisters have taken a hell of an album for the fourth time.
"I can not believe that our fourth album is already," says a beaming Jake Shears. "So now we have four great records added. At this point, most of the bands do not come, and I am extremely proud that we have achieved this." "Magic Hour" describes Jake as "an exuberant melange, future-pop with massive beats" and as a plate, "the jumps quite wild and unabashed between various genres back and forth." The result is this volatile mix by itself Scissor Sisters - thus Himself, baby daddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis and Randy Real - teamed with several high-profile musicians could, for example with the already mentioned Azealia Banks, Calvin Harris, Stuart Price, Pharrell Williams, Diplo and not least, better known with Alex Ridha as Boys Noize.
"Oh yes, the whole thing was so a real community project," Jake says further About "Magic Hour", which started the band in New York and London. "We were pretty quick this time. In June 2011 we wrote within a week, for example, 'Only The Horses' and a few other pieces that have it but finally failed on the LP. Then we continued until september with the work."
The actual writing of the song went, "fast, easy and relaxed" as with the predecessors of the hand, not least because of the success of "Night Work" unleashed additional creative energies, so Jake.
"Real pleasant as that executed", he knows about the first creative sessions to report, in which as yet no exact direction for the album was set. "We had had a great summer, a great year behind us, and we wanted to make an album without thinking too much, so all the time without breaking our heads about what it will be and what it mean to the point just could . " After a short pause, he adds: "In fact, we have since our debut received no album, have felt when we liberated so us if you writes an album and receiving, then can there ever resonate pressure and doubt -. but on this plate that was not a bit of the case. It was just fun, and over all the time! "
So is "Magic Hour", as the title already suggests, lets become an album that deals with magical moments and magical encounters and friendships. "My friends have greatly inspired me this year," he says. "I'm really extremely felt comfortable and learned to some very great people know; I would even say that my life has changed as a result In general, I find that muses are very important these other people You have to have in mind.. if you want to write a really good song. And this is how to 'Magic Hour' many of the songs, strictly speaking, even as personal messages to people around me. "
Although he says that Scissor Sisters Of course, always have a band, their creative work thus always is a collaborative process, Jake admits however that it is often in the songs very personal views and feelings brings as a copywriter expresses what on "Magic Hour "the case was. "Yes, it has already become a very personal album," he says. "My favorite songs are ultimately always those pieces that one really speak from the soul. Thus, even if genuine, many people were involved in the creation of this record, it is in many parts but from last year in my life, how it feels when you realize suddenly that one is become a grown man for a few years, the records now since that I have more and more need to see when looking in the mirror, that I am no longer a teenager -. although I but all too often still as a behaving ... "
Compared with its predecessors, was "Magic Hour" in any case "completely different from 'Night Work' That was almost a kind of concept album. An independent world of its own, and at 'Ta-Dah' that was actually too. the new LP is more like a musical grab bag; in terms of diversity, she remembers most likely on our debut album, because you never know quite where you will end up next, since it is, for example, songs like "San Luis Obispo. 'and' Shady Love ', that come one after, but not be more different could. I'm holding on so oblique combinations. so overall there were no major concept, only it was therefore also not so easy to find the right album title. "
When he compares his present life with that of five years ago, told Jake that he is now much happier, which is also clearly be heard on "Magic Hour": "I'm just not so seriously, no longer am as a head of everything as before, "he commented. "I just eventually learned that many things simply do not should be as close as can be to him, and thus I am now definitely a more satisfied man. Therefore, there is the 'Magic Hour' not to hear what it has to do with a bad temper. There is already a song such as 'the Year of Living Dangerously', but since it's all about risk appetite and therefore that there is nothing on the opinions of others are, but that's not a negative feeling. most of the new songs feel more like a sunrise on, I'd say. "
All in all, called Jake the new album as "very summery plate", on the last but not least the spirit of Ibiza parties blows, finally descended even the album title of the Spanish island, because there they experienced those "magic hour" at sunrise, either together with Alex from Boys Noize ". that was a moment I will never forget exactly where I realized that we were something, create really big together."
The first track of "Magic Hour", "Baby Come Home" sounds like the Scissor Sisters at the famous Studio 54; it is a dancefloor track that already suggests as the title of desire and the desire for intimacy is. "I've spent so many nights alone in bed, as far away from the man I love. Just to this desire, it's the play to the feeling that if one is an over Come alone in bed. One can say love song to do so. " At the same time already this track was created with the help of key allies: Alex Ridha. "Alex has produced the record, and I'm really very proud of him because he had to move for repeatedly in creative regions not so are his metier else. After all, everything else turns with him to Techno, and here he had work with completely different sounds. But I wanted to work with him because I knew instinctively that he perfectly hinbekommen this step would. "
"Keep Your Shoes On" is a boisterous disco funk track, almost as an Electro-point of 1975, but much warmer. In Jake's words that sounds then as follows: "The track is really silly, really funny and stupid, but I have no idea what he is actually Nevertheless, I love this number.."
"Inevitable", a mixture (as in quasi Kanye) of "808s Heartbreak ", ie beats and heartbreak, emerged together with co-author Pharrell what can also be seen at the fOr him typical lightness:" I was intimidated quite well, "Jake reported on the work with the Neptunes producer." Or say we was a little tense, but with him to write together just great. He is truly a genius and has an incredible flair for grandiose melodies. "
By contrast, the first single "Only The Horses" is A colossal Rave Pop, a synth anthem with party guarantee, which was based on one of the many adventures of the last year. Co-producer was in this case, Calvin Harris. "When we wrote the track, I knew immediately that he was the right man to bring the finishing touch," says the frontman.
"The Year Of Living Dangerously" is a slower piece, a catchy, electronic ballad with all lighters-in-the-air potential and Jake to in perfect falsetto vocal range, while "Let's Have A Kiki" like a lost Low Grace Jones sounds (from 1981, say, taken for the legendary label ZE Records). "This is one of the best-Ana Matronic Songs Ever," says Jake. "A club track, where it comes to a 'Kiki', so a little after-hours party, which only takes place when the store has long since closed down."
With the already mentioned "Shady Love" to Scissor Sisters can then go together with Azealia - even as a single candidate on an album of several holds.
"Overall, this album shows how much we have grown," Jake concludes that has recently surrounded and exchanged for a year with various DJs and electro producer - what one can also clearly hear out. "We have never recorded an album that even remotely sounds like this."
Does this mean then that Scissor Sisters still "the best pop group in the world" are?
"Definitely!" Answers the frontman and smiles. "We are still in the race, which makes me really proud, I'm just happy that we still write great songs and give great concerts, so can easily deliver the people something exciting. That's me ultimately most important, and therefore, I will always follow the music in new directions. "
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