Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Indian Summer

I've had to revise my opinion of Bombay Bicycle Club in the last few weeks (otherwise known in these parts as "Doing a Jack Penate"). For many years, on the few occasions I've deigned to think about them, I had them pegged as basic landfill indie.  And yet, somehow (like The Horrors), they've produced a third album that's a quantum leap for them in terms of quality and ambition. The video for their new single Shuffle, looks a little bit like outtakes from The Inbetweeners (great film that, BTW), and does little to dispel the image I posited above. But the You've gotta love any band that can turn Chas and Dave piano into something vaguely funky. And you gotta love any song that gets to the chorus in 25 seconds.

The album, moreover, is a total grower, by turns soaring, majestic, intimate and moving. Whoulda thunk it?  The band can turn their hands to many varied styles and tempos and tackle each with aplomb, from the Coldplay meets Lotus Eaters of How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep (crazy name, crazy guys) to the motorik groove of Beggars. I'm impressed.  It's apparently produced by Ben Allen, who's produced Animal Collective and Gnarls Barkley.  While I'm loath to ascribe all of the album's success to him, he's clearly got the boys (and they are boys- just look at that video. They look and act about 15...) to up their game.  In fact, Animal Collective are clearly the main inspiration for the dazzling variety on the album.  Go buy, or listen below.

Listen to Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix on Spotify

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