I am sooooo excited about this new Bombay Bicycle Club album. I can’t even express in words how elated I am that they’ve released new stuff. I have been a ‘BBC’ (Bombay Bicycle Club) fan since the days of I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose! They will forever be a favourite U.K. band of mine – actually, favourite band in general.
Ok, so, this album. Let’s get into it. First off, let’s chat about the album artwork which I am diggin’ quite a bit! Its inspiration is originally from the 19th Century British artist Eadweard Muybridge, known for his photographic studies of motion, and early work in motion-picture projection. That being said, BBC really captured Muybridge well and put a real modern-pop, almost retro-like spin on the artwork. Circles, an almost gem-tone range of colours – greens, blues and purples – pretty reminiscent of the 70’s, which in turn, just makes me love it that much more.
I’m going to go ahead and say that I do not have a least favourite track on this album, because they are seriously all so well done and unique in their own ways – there’s a track with Bollywood samples in it, yep..really! Apparently So Long, See You Tomorrow was inspired by frontman Jack Steadman’s travels, lots of fresh perspectives – culturally and experimentally. Bombay Bicycle Club never ceases to amaze me in how they can so easily change musical climates. From boisterous indie rock, to folk, to pop and beautiful ballads, they truly are the chameleon of bands.
Here are my favourite tracks from the album:
1. Overdone – In my opinion, such a fitting song for the albums opener. It’s dramatic, almost aggressive entrance is comprised of crazy countermelodies, lots of synth and well, simply put..just a whole lot going on. In the best way though, it truly is a symphony to the ears.
2. Carry Me – Another fast-paced, dub-like instrumentally aggressive track, with some slower, periodic bridge ‘breaks’. Super catchy, optimistic and a definite toe-tapper. I’ve always loved what BBC does with guest female vocals, and this is a perfect example. This track, along with most of the album, carries scintillating harmonies. Fantastic!
3. Home By Now – I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t my top pick off the album, alongside Luna. Lucy Rose absolutely crushes with her powerful female presence as she harmonizes along Steadman. I mean, I may be a bit biased cus I absolutely adore Lucy and her vocals, but you just can’t deny the girl talent. She is wonderful. Anyway, this particular track has a an old school r&b/hip-hop vibe to it, while still keeping it’s infectious melody. I have listened to it probably more than 10 times already. Nothing short of amazing!
4. Luna – Gosh, this song. One of the catchiest tunes of 2014 so far. The melody is contagiously addictive, the sweet bass riffs mixed with the edgier drum patterns really make this the “banger” everyone is calling it. Rae Morris (kinda like the new Lucy Rose, with a bit of a stronger vocal presence) is whom you hear on this tune, and boy does she ever make the song what it is – sensational.
There you have it, a lil album review, with my top 4 tracks! Trust me, though; all of the songs are amazing! You can check them all out on the Spotify playlist attached below!