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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pet Shop Boys Premiere New Song "Invisible"

The first new Pet Shop Boys song from, presumably, their upcoming Andrew Dawson-produced 11th studio album (due out in the fall) has arrived, and it's called "Invisible". Keep in mind it's probably not the lead single (though if it is, it's as unconventional as the video for "Home And Dry" was) — and likely a teaser track to whet the appetite.

That said, "Invisible" is the Boys at their most beautiful. The song is a slow, moody synth number with Neil Tennant's haunting vocals layered into harmony, singing, arguably about the duo's own perception within the music industry — and possibly signaling that this will indeed be their final release:

I'm here, but you can't see me
I'm invisible
It's queer how gradually
I've become invisible
Look at me, the absentee
Disappearing finally
Is it magic or the truth?
Strange psychology or justified 
By the end of youth

In a way, "Invisible" reminds me of some of the great Pet Shop Boys ballads from past albums, like "It Couldn't Happen Here", "I Made My Excuses And Left" and "King Of Rome".

There's also an arty video for the song that depicts costumed, camouflaged figures (Neil and Chris?) moving around in different abstract boxes.



  • At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Pranav said…

    Feels more like an album track than a single. Doesn't match up to stuff like "King's Cross" or "Betrayed".

  • At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Set SAIL for FAIL with this new album, PSB.

  • At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Enda Guinan said…

    "possibly signaling that this will indeed be their final release"

    I think the first speculation on their 'final release' was just before Behaviour and really ramped up when they put 'Legacy' at the very end (OMG!) of their last album.


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