Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NEWS : Helen Marnie of Ladytron

Ladytron's Helen Marnie is recording her debut solo album in Iceland, the as yet untitled album is due out in 2013.

“After five studio albums with Ladytron and some time on my hands between work with them, I finally decided now was the time to make an album I’ve always wanted to make. A solo album,” Marnie says.“I wanted to make a record that was more delicate, majestic, perhaps more pop orientated, with pristine vocals, but most of all, me,” she says. “Lyrically, the album is expansive, but the elements do play a part in much of the record, with the sea being particularly dominant and reoccurring. The album is straight from the heart. I can’t put it any other way. It means a lot. It is everything around me, my loves, my life, hopes and loss. Ultimately, the album is a battle. Battling myself. Dealing with what life throws at you and trying to decipher it. Everyone can relate to that.”
Marnie has set up a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the recordings and kickstart her solo career. “When it comes to support I have plenty from people wishing me well, including my band members from Ladytron. They are 100% behind me,” she says. “However, producers, mixing, mastering, marketing are all very costly so I’m looking to Pledge Music to help make this all possible. You can help make this happen and if you do decide to pledge I really hope you will be happy with the results. I can’t wait for you all to hear.”
Launched today, Marnie’s Pledge Music campaign http://pledgemusic.com/projects/marnie includes a 90-second video featuring a snippet of one of her songs in progress. The beautiful, sweeping untitled track begins with an eerie piano motif that is then joined by layers of synths that build on top of each other to create a blissfull swell; it perfectly complements the gorgeous imagery of Iceland’s green pastures, gray skies, expansive oceans and rushing waterfalls depicted in the video.

As incentive to help fund the recording process, Marnie has put together a variety of exclusives ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Fans can pre-order the album as a digital download, CD, gatefold vinyl or can pick up a variety of items such as an 8 x 10 signed studio photo, a disposable camera filled with random shots taken by Marnie, a tote bag, or a limited edition screen printed poster in the lower tiers. The upper tiers is where things get interesting: Marnie is offering the bikini that appears in the promo photo (above), a pair of designer shoes and the designer dress worn by her in Ladytron’s “Tomorrow” video, a test pressing of the album and her 1998 Rover Mini Cooper Sport, Beauty. 

"The last year has been spent writing, and I've actually surprised myself and grown in confidence with regards to songwriting," "she says. "I am scared, I'm nervous, but ulitmately I am excited and hope you will be able to hlep me fulfill this dream.: 

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