Friday, September 19, 2008

Jukebox: Ladytron

There is a chill in the air today and you know what that means. Yes, it's the perfect time for some ice cold synths. And who better than Ladytron to usher in the coming freeze?

Ladytron is the quintessential American band. First, they are from Liverpool, in England. Second, they feature a deadpan Bulgarian co-vocalist. Third, an Asian guy with wonderful hair named Reuben Wu plays analog keyboards. And finally, they are robots. You can't get more American, my friends, than that.

"Playgirl" is one of their earliest songs (from first album 604) and the video lays out their esthetic pretty solidly. Witness the retro-futuristic color pallet. Marvel at lead android Helen Marnie's dead eyes and emotionless delivery. Weep at the gloomy story of a sad and lonely club girl who has nothing to keep her warm but her cold, cold, ultimately meaningless nightlife.

Happy Friday!

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