and Vince Clarke, a.k.a. Erasure, have been pioneering figures in both electronic dance music and LGBT visibility for nearly 30 years now. They have made occasional diversions into acoustic recordings, ABBA covers and even a Christmas album
, but the pair has remained consistently dedicated to pushing musical and cultural boundaries.Erasure is making a triumphant return to dance territory with their newly-released CDThe Violet Flame
. I asked Bell during a recent e-mail exchange whether this was intentional. “It was totally intentional,” he replied. “Vince and I wanted to make a dance album. It was ...