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The Pet Shop Boys talk new album 'Elysium,' and life in L.A.

The Pet Shop Boys have been indelibly linked with their hometown of London since their mid-’80s synth-pop hit “West End Girls.” Earlier this year, though, singer Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe relocated to Los Angeles to record “Elysium,” a sleekly seductive new studio album in stores this week. Pop & Hiss rang up Tennant in London to find out why.

The title of “Elysium” refers to the park near Dodger Stadium, and the album’s closer is called “Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin,” which suggests the wardrobe of a great many Angelenos. How did L.A. come to incubate these songs?

We always choose a producer based on the songs we’ve written. And the...