Party stars go round the Bloc again
Bloc Party make a triumphant return with their highly anticipated fourth studio record, aptly titled Four.
Following the English indie-rockers extended hiatus after 2008's critically acclaimed Intimacy, Kele Okereke (vocals/rhythm
guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (backing vocals/bass) and Matt Tong (drums) reunited in New York in the winter of 2011.
The quartet were prompted by a creative impetus inspired by a dramatic year in world events, as well as a shared desire to rekindle their singular musical kinship.
Teaming up with producer Alex Newport (Death Cab For Cutie, The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In), the band set aside digital and studio cosmetics in favour of a rehearsal room, their instruments, and the magic of their innate creative chemistry.
Kele said, "We wanted to challenge ourselves by not relying on the invisible grid that seems to be mapping out all of popular music these days."
Four presents Bloc Party as lean, hungry, spirited and uncompromising. As with their explosive debut, Silent Alarm, this album is armed with a collection of songs as powerful and anthemic as they've ever penned, as well as some of their most hard-hitting and visceral recordings to date.
Four is the sound of a seminal band maturing with grace and confidence, exploring new areas of their craft while never losing sight of the fire and urgency that made them so compelling in the first place.
As Kele explains, "The record is the sound of four
people in a room, loving what they do and doing
it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only
the four of us could make, and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made."
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 18 Jul 12
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