November 16, 2011

Song Review: The Big Pink's "Stay Gold" / "Hit the Ground (Superman)"

After dropping a few subtle hints through their website, Brit-pop revivalists The Big Pink have confirmed Future This, the sophomore follow-up to their acclaimed debut, A Brief History of Love. Due out January 16th via 4AD, the album's first two singles, "Stay Gold" and "Hit the Ground (Superman)" find the electro-rock duo of Robbie Furzie and Milo Cordell ever so slightly letting their foot off the distortion-heavy synths that enveloped their 2009 release. Instead, we're greeted with spacious hooks with keyboards that dazzle instead of scorch, a looped sample of Laurie Anderson's "O Superman" in the latter single and Furze's vocals up close and center for two rather straight-forward alt-rock radio-friendly listens. Considering Paul Epworth -- who produced A Brief History...'s most accessible single ("Dominoes") and has most recently worked with Florence + The Machine and Adele on their latest releases -- was given production duties on LP 2, the smoother edges on The Big Pink's music comes as no surprise from a band that already sounded huge upon arrival. If it's arena anthems the UK duo is aiming for, these are two steps in the right direction.

The Big Pink - "Stay Gold"

The Big Pink - "Hit The Ground (Superman)"

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