The Pipettes official new single, Stop The Music, was first played (just once) on British radio last fall and I managed to find a rip of it. It was this song that convinced me we need to chill and see what the Gwenno and whoever-is-in-the-group-this-week are going to bring out. Perhaps a bit weak on first play, Stop The Music blooms into something truly worthy of their legendary debut, We Are The Pipettes. It's classic Brighton pop, weaving a new bit of disco into the harmonies, finger-snaps, horns and strings. The final thirty seconds, in particular, are quite celestial.
Stop The Music is released on Fortuna Pop on April 19. It was produced by Martin Rushent, famous for his work with Human League and Altered Images, among others. The new album is called Earth vs The Pipettes.
The Pipettes are playing the UK in April and May. Here are the details:
Sun 18 - Manchester - FAC251 | Tickets
Mon 19 - Sheffield - 02 Academy 2 | Tickets
Tue 20 - London - Hoxton Bar and Kitchen Tickets
Wed 21 - Brighton - Audio | Tickets
Thu 22 - Kingston - New Slang @ McLusky | Tickets
Sun 25 - Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms | Tickets
Mon 26 - Southampton - Joiners Arms | Tickets
Fri 07 - York - Fibbers | Tickets
Sat 08 - Liverpool - O2 Academy 2 | Tickets
Fri 14 - Darlington - Inside Out | Tickets
Sat 15 - Birmingham - O2 Academy 2 | Tickets
Fri 21 - Crewe - The Box | Tickets
Sat 22 - South Wales Valleys - Parcc Hall | Tickets
Final note: My favorite ex Pipette, Rose Elinor Dougall, is the lead vocalist on the forthcoming Mark Ronson album. She also has a solo LP out in 2010. Expect something mindblowing.