Disco-revivalists Hercules and Love Affair will finally release their album, Blue Songs to the United States on August 16 through Moshi Moshi. The album is the group’s first since their 2008 release of their self-titled debut. Blue Songs was released in Europe back in January, and the lapse between release dates has been a source of frustration for frontman Andy Butler.
The band and its members are American, yet the album release was delayed in the States because of the location of the band’s management. Butler stated that,
It’s been a frustrating situation. In some ways my management was just way too U.K.- and Euro-centric. It’s lame in some ways because all of our fans have heard it, you know?
To reward patiently waiting fans, HLA will include a separate disc in the U.S. edition that has seven remixes. The band has also made two new songs available on iTunes. In addition, HLA will be playing shows at major cities in the States as part of the Identity Festival. The band and its management feel that the bonus material is imperative for the album’s success in America. It is a chance to make up for not including U.S. fans in the album’s release back in January.
Blue Songs was recorded primarily in Vienna, and, in addition to returning singer Kim-Anne Foxman, features newcomers Aerea Negrot, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party and vocalist Shaun Wright.