"I've gotta beam a message to you/ Straight from the satellite," sings frontman Joseph Mount at the onset of Love Letters, the latest album from the British synth-pop quartet.

“I’ve gotta beam a message to you/ Straight from the satellite,” sings frontman Joseph Mount at the onset of Love Letters, the latest album from the British synth-pop quartet.

Unlike past efforts, which remained largely Earth-bound — The English Riviera, from 2011, clung gloomily to the seaside — the band takes a few more chances here, toying with krautrock (the gurgling “Call Me”), wispy acid-rock (“Month of Sundays”) and electro-disco (the sleek instrumental “Boy Racers”).

While the music ventures to further outreaches, Mount’s words, in contrast, tend to journey inward, the frontman filling his verses with tales of heartache and regret. “You said our love was written in the stars,” he sings atop electronic drums and female doo-wop vocals on “I’m Aquarius.” He then goes on to detail the various reasons the pair’s chemistry, much like astral bodies in the early morning sun, has gradually faded from existence. Expect the songs populating Love Letters to have far more staying power.

Dawn Golden opens the show.

Photo by Gregoire Alexandre