Yello have announced with their 13th studio album Toy. The album is said to recast the sound of their raucously inventive electro-pop ’80s albums, which has had a lasting impact on the landscape of dance music.
That some people only know Swiss electronic giants Yello for their 1988 Top 10 hit ‘The Race’ is a cause for great sadness. It is like knowing The Beatles just for ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’ or David Bowie merely for ‘The Laughing Gnome’ (although ‘The Race’ is significantly better than either).
The duo, comprising as ever of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank, have been in existence since the late 1970s and Toy is their thirteenth album to date; and if a new Yello album isn’t cause enough for celebration, Meier and Blank have also announced their first EVER live shows, at KraftwerkBerlin in late October. (That is Kraftwerk in the literal German sense of ‘power station’ – it is a decommisoned one!)