July 28, 2012

Hear New Sound: Bloc Party's "Day Four"

So Bloc Party is back, and AS isn't sure if it's even supposed to care. After their fully-formed acclaimed 2005 debut Silent Alarm resurrected interest in danceable post-punk, their subsequent two releases since have yet to prove that the hyped UK quartet can top or even match their best tracks from that effort. It probably didn't help that the band was reportedly on the verge of collapse (or at least trolling to be) just last year when it looked like frontman Kele Okereke was kicked out of the band, and let's not forget that underwhelming dance album he put out in the meantime. All is apparently well in Bloc Party land however, and their fourth album, which is similarly titled Four, arrives August 21st on Frenchkiss. "Day Four" is the LP's latest preview, and it gleams with your usual mid-2000s-era mainstream indie gliding guitar fare that makes for one inoffensive listen while tugging at the heartstrings of anyone who loved Silent Alarm's sentimental moments (unless you were really offended by that Temper Trap song from a few summers back. If so, you're going to hate the first 30 seconds of this song.) Mark down AS as still being on the fence, but at least Bloc Party's good taste still shines through in their decision to bring Ceremony along with them on their upcoming fall tour...

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