Bombay Bicycle Club‘s more radio friendly previous hits include ‘Always Like This’ and ‘Magnet’. However, with their upcoming second album ‘Flaws’ to be released in mid-July, they’ve decided to take a completely different tack. By deciding to record an entirely acoustic album. Will this sink or swim? (No pun intended whatsoever with respect to the cover art.)
As a taster to the full-length, the band are offering up ‘Ivy and Gold’ and ‘Flaws’ (the song), to be released the first week of July. ‘Ivy and Gold’ sounds simplistic, but sometimes the simplest pleasures are the greatest. The rhythm jaunty, propelled by soft brush drumming, and the vocals clear, it’s the kind of cheerful record you want to whistle to on a sunny day out in the beautiful countryside. ‘Flaws’ is more introspective, with Bombay Bicycle Club’s lead singer Jack Steadman duetting with London songbird Lucy Rose (whose ethereal voice I mistook for Laura Marling initially). Just gorgeous.
You might think this was a sudden change of direction. But you would be wrong. Apparently these songs have been bubbling inside their heads for a while now, as evidenced by this amateur video of ‘Ivy and Gold’ from last year at the Union Chapel. Judging from the overwhelmingly positive reaction to this song on Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable on 03 June (listen here until 10 June), the new direction is being welcomed by the 6music listenership.
Bombay Bicycle Club’s ‘Ivy and Gold’ single will be out physically on 05 July in the UK but is available now for download from Amazon. ‘Flaws’, their sophomore album, will be released on 12 July.