Pet Shop Boys aren’t due to premiere “Winner”, the first single from the pop vets’ new album Elysium, until next week. But a short snippet of the tune has made its way online, and, surprisingly, it sounds as if the British duo have opted to skip the dance floor and went for more of an uplifting synth ballad sound with their lead offering from the upcoming LP. Still, if this 30-second preview does anything, it proves that the Andrew Dawson-produced track is undeniably Pet Shop Boys. (Yes, we’re using that as an adjective.) Hear it below.
“Let the ride just take us, side-by-side, and make us see the world through new eyes every day / you’re a winner, I’m a winner, this is all happening so fast,” Neil Tennant sings on “Winner”. Could the Boys have coyly timed the release of their new single (it’s on iTunes next week) to coincide with the Summer Olympics in London?
Pet Shop Boys are also expected to announce the worldwide release dates for Elysium at some point next week.