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Four years have passed since their last album, but Bloc Party are back. And what a welcome return it is.
The innovative, indie band have been on break, during which lead singer Kele released a solo album and tricked the music press into thinking the rest of the band had been making music without him (yeah, it confused us too). But this August sees the band release their fourth album fittingly called ‘Four’ and single ‘Octopus’ is the first glimpse at the new music the band have been making together.
On the three minute track we find the foursome in a happier place, simply having fun. Kele’s vocals feel freer and less dominating, giving the whole band a chance to loosen up. A catchy chorus, fast, frantic drums, driving bass and an urgent guitar solo make this an interesting comeback single. It bridges the gap between the perfect indie of their debut album, Silent Alarm, and Kele’s love of upbeat, electronic music.
While ‘Octopus’ only gives us a small insight into the direction of their next album, it is an exciting preview of what is to come.
Bloc Party are loved because they have always been passionate and they continue to challenge themselves. This new song confirms that Kele, Russell, Matt and Gordon are all back on the same page, making music they all enjoy. It’s good to have them back.
The single ‘Octopus’ is available to download now and is released on French Kiss records.