Visage are one of the few iconic 80's pop projects that still endure - at least some of those tracks - Fade To Grey and Night Train are definitive of the New Romantic electronica of the time. Visually too, Visage had a lot of influence, Steve Strange's legendary Blitz club in the heart of London was the epicentre of it all for a time.
Midge Ure was one of the production team behind the original project alongside Billie Currie and members of Magazine, having written and produced Fade to Grey, it was another string to his bow outside of Ultravox.
With that in mind, its not always a reason for celebration when a project so much of its time is exhumed. Hearts and Knives is a new collection of songs for 2013 and actually has a great deal of the essence of what made a record of that era sound the way it did.
Starting out life with input from Martin Rushent before he passed away (the album is dedicated to him), its evolved into the finished work three years on, with production taken care of by Steve Bryland and Save Havlicek.
Its not a coincidence, they returned to much of the technology and instrumentation of the time: -
And as they said: no softsynths.
Check out the preview, the new tracks while not having the obvious classic single is a cohesive body of work, with an authentic sound plus a touch of modern input.
The album is out now with the usual deluxe packages as well as a digital download.
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This is great news , On we go sounds amazing.
21-May-13 11:40 AM
pointless. Visage was a project in the first incarnation with some extremely talented musical input AND steve strange to front it. This sounds like a cash in to go with the flow of the current crop of electro clash style stuff made by the newer mob. What a waste of great analog synthesizers, time, energy and money.
22-May-13 06:49 PM
trying the same lame like the Human Leage, but they have at least some musical ideas. Jan
23-May-13 08:16 AM
Oh man this is soo lame. Steve strange doesn't look like he's in good shape. The mixes sound really messy, man. This must be for some booked up tour, cause the material is totally whack.
23-May-13 08:26 AM
Urs Heckman is buying up almost every hardware synth of the last 50 years!