Ben Langmaid, the former musical partner of La Roux‘s Elly Jackson has issued a statement about his departure from the band during the process of making new album ‘Trouble In Paradise’.
La Roux’s new album is released on July 7. During the course of recording the LP, Jackson separated from Langmaid, and recently told NME that “there wasn’t a great deal of understanding” between them when it came to making new music.
However, Langmaid has now responded via an official statement published in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands or available digitally. It confirms that he has co-written five of the nine songs on ‘Trouble In Paradise’ and has second-line production credits on a further two, including ‘Let Me Down Gently’.
Langmaid states: “When we began writing again in 2011 the early ideas we had needed a lot of work. We were on the same page and both wanted to improve on the first album. We were united in that. ‘Let Me Down Gently’ is one of my favourite tracks. I don’t remember having a problem with it. But I do remember asking our manager if we could start things with this song when we first played it to him two and a half years ago.”
He continues: “We’ve had creative differences in the past (what band hasn’t?) but we always got through them and usually the music benefits. I am truly saddened that it has ended this way, but I am immensely proud of what we achieved together. We wrote five great songs together, all of which are on the album. I’m looking forward to the record being a great success and I shall enjoy watching it unfold. I have immense pride in the part I played; no one can take that away from me.”
Langmaid originally contacted NME after stating that the events laid out by Jackson in her first interview with the magazine were not how he remembered them. Half an hour before a planned phone interview, a message from Tony Beard, Langmaid’s manager, and also Jackson’s, arrived stating that his client would provide the official quote seen above.