Last night saw Bombay Bicycle Club (BBC) share the first single, ‘Carry Me’, from their as-yet-unnamed forthcoming fourth album. These guys are the dark horses – never the band on top of anyone’s list – yet they always bring the quality, meticulously crafted to their own sound and style.
BBC isn’t necessarily the type of band to rest on their laurels, and this new track is further articulation of this. Their discography’s respective titles, however, are the best description of their sound, debut I Had The Blues But I Shook them Loose, Flaws, and 2011’s A Different Kind of Fix all speak to the sound of BBC, a great example of the British knack for happy sadness/sad happiness, depending on how you view your glass of water.
The production element of the track is perhaps the most notable. The band sounds so much bigger than ever. Opening with a more electronic edge, hinted at previously but definitely more prominent now, the track goes on to become an immense layered collage of all sorts. A beautiful swathe of guitar is present throughout but Suren de Saram’s drumming is the hero of the track.
Jack Steadman’s vocals are lilting and coy, yet as we have come to expect, they are not going to shy away from emotional subject matter, allowing him to express feelings which might elicit a knee-jerk reaction from some, managing to explore authentic areas of emotion.
The new album is out in February next year and you can animate the band as part of the interactive music video for ‘Carry Me’ here.
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