U.K. electro/rock combo Ladytron has signed with Rykodisc, which will release its third studio album, “Witching Hour,” Oct. 4 in North America. The set arrives a day earlier in the United Kingdom via Universal/Island. First single “Sugar” has been making the rounds via digital download retailers since late April, while second single “Destroy Everything You Touch” was commercially released earlier this week in the United Kingdom.
A video for the latter cut shot by up-and-coming director Adam Bartley can be found on Ladytron’s official Web site.
Produced by Jim Abbiss (DJ Shadow, Kasabian), “Witching Hour” offers 14 tracks of Ladytron’s trademark synth-tinged rock rendered on a wider sonic palette than such past albums as 2002’s “Light and Magic,” which reached No. 7 on Billboard’s Top Electronic Albums chart.
The set is highlighted by the dark, driving opener “High Rise,” the chiming ballad “The Last One Standing,” the industrial dance assault of “Fighting in Built Up Areas” (replete with singing in Bulgarian, from where vocalist Mira Aroyo hails) and the majestic, bittersweet closer “All the Way.”
Ladytron will begin touring around the release date of the new album. Beforehand, it will play a handful of one-off and festival dates, including tonight (Aug. 19) at Austria’s Frequency Festival and Aug. 30 as support for Franz Ferdinand’s show in Edinburgh.
Here is the track list for “Witching Hour”:
“Destroy Everything You Touch”
“Fighting in Built Up Areas”
“The Last One Standing”
“White Light Generator”
“All the Way”