Bloc Party share new single The Love Within, play radio gig, announce new album Hymns.

Bloc Party are back!

Last Monday (Oct 05th), the UK Indie-Rock band presented a new line-up featuring Justin Harris (Menomena) on bass and Louise Bartle on drums, when they played a special performance featuring two unreleased songs at the famous BBC Maida Vale studios in London. In the evening, they presented the first airing of their new single The Love Within.

The high squawking electronic intro of the song (that, as we know by now, is not a synth, but completely created by guitar effects) sounds like the stalling of an engine, but at the moment where the drums fully kick in it evolves into the sound of some little elephant playfully stomping around on a keyboard.

Interestingly, it’s lyrics apparently do not deal with a clubby / druggy night out, in spite of the electronic arrangement, and in spite of Kele recycling the opening line Lord give me grace and dancing feet from 2007’s single The Prayer, that dealt with overcoming the debiliating effect of self-consciousness with the help of music and dancing (and drugs?) on a night out in a club.

The lyrics to The Love Within, though, seem to reference a certain type of redemption and euphoric explosion that stems from some force (religion/spirituality? love? music?) of a non-chemical nature (sweeter than any drug).

Overall, the song still appears a bit sketchy with all its focus on new sound  experiments, but it’s still growing on me and it’s definitely enough to keep me curious about what’s more to come there.

Bloc Party @ BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, UK
Monday, Oct. 05th, 2015

The Good News (new song)
Octopus
Real Talk
Song For Clay (Disappear Hear)
Banquet
Interview / Q&A
Exes (new song)
This Modern Love

Bloc Partys fifth album called Hymns is to be released on January 29th, 2016. The band is going to tour Europe in November. Guess who’s going.

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