MANCHESTER’S intelligent electronic pop duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson, better known as Hurts, have released the sultry, monochrome brooder “Suffer” ahead of a fifth album, to be released on September 4th.

“Suffer” benefits from a stunning black and white film clip, which you can watch below. The track is on-the-money polished and sultry, occupying a pensive, crafted space somewhere out near Depeche Mode’s “Stripped”.

Theo’s voice cracks as he plays for a lover: “Show me your sexy little intellect / And I’ll show you how to make your head and body disconnect”. His restraint over the throbbing synth chatter opens out into the widest screen guitar break.

The band say the new album, Faith, is the result of two years’ work, and features some of the most visceral, personal songwriting of their career. It reportedly eschews the “outrospection” of their previous two top ten albums for a dive deeper into the soul. 

If you’d have told me when we started it, how coherent, powerful, and authentic it is, many months later, I probably wouldn’t have believed you,” multi-instrumentalist Adam Anderson said of Faith. “At one stage, I thought we had no chance.” 

A harsh period for singer Theo helped lend both “Suffer” and the forthcoming album its heft: “I was physically and mentally absolutely exhausted,” he says; “to the point where I had to stop. And I didn’t know what the future held really. I didn’t know if we’d make another album again.”

Hurts’ new album, Faith, may be pre-ordered at https://www.informationhurts.com/