Monday, 26 September 2016

Music Monday

This week's single, 26/09/16:

Stunt Queen - Bloc Party

This is the first single we've heard from Bloc Party since the February release of their fifth studio album Hymns, which is often labelled as their 'reinvention' album following the band's change of lineup and consequential softening of sound. In 2013 and 2015 respectively, founding members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band, leaving Bloc Party's famously tight rhythm section in the hands of Louise Bartle and Justin Harris. Hymns was dark and spiritual, its sombre tones worlds apart from the high-tempo, guitar driven band we knew and loved back in their Silent Alarm and A Weekend in the City era.

It's been eleven years since Bloc Party released their debut album and a progression in sound is of course to be expected. Stunt Queen however rather surprisingly takes its listener back to the band's roots, its quick pace and intensity reminiscent of their good old days. It lacks much of their once-celebrated experimentalism and is perhaps much 'poppier' than fans would expect, but this is a track that's catchy, heavy on the hooks and is all-round pretty decent. Its definitely worth a listen!

Stunt Queen was released on September 20 to mark Bloc Party's huge performance at The Hollywood Bowl on Friday 23rd. It is the first single to have been recorded by all four current band members, providing a taste of what is to come from Bloc Party Mk II. If you want to see them live in action, they've just announced an intimate show at the 1,700 capacity Roundhouse in London on February 10. Tickets are on sale now.

Listen to the new single here or use the Spotify player below. Subscribe to the whole Music Mondays playlist on Spotify here to listen to all of my suggested tracks in one place. 

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