album artwork for The Neon by ErasureUnlike their enduring contemporaries in New Wave, Erasure have always stood apart with a basic sense of optimism to their songs.

Full of warm melodies and propulsive rhythms, Erasure’s 18th album is a shot of serotonin to the brain.

It’s not all rays of sunshine: Fallen Angel deals with self-doubt, Diamond Lies with betrayal, but each finds a self-confidence in the end. Even when the record’s energy takes a downturn, on the stunning ballad New Horizons, it’s with uplifting sentiment like “When all is lost / Don’t you ever give up hope.“ It’s a cheerful inoculation against wintry cynicism.

The Neon by Erasure is out Friday August 21 via Mute/PIAS.

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