It seemed like the Big Pink (you know, those two chaps that came out with ‘Velvet’ 2 years ago and changed everything) disappeared from the face of the earth. Until last night, when their new track premiered as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World on Radio1, that is. And it’s about bloody time.
Called ‘Stay Gold’, it features singer Robbie Furze’s boy next door yet expansive voice, full of wonderment. Personally, I don’t hear any of the expected hip-hop stylings that Furze promised to Lowe over a phone interview during the song’s premiere on national radio; to be fair, urban is not what immediately comes to mind when the name Paul Epworth is bounced around, dance is. And Furze confirmed that instead of the paltry three songs from the band’s 2009 debut ‘A Brief History of Love’ that Epworth presided over, he’s had a hand in all 10 tracks of the London duo’s second album tentatively entitled ‘Futureless’, due out in early 2012. (That’s assuming all goes well in the final stages of recording, because it sounds like the songs aren’t all written yet.) As an aperitif to the album, ‘Stay Gold’ is of a similar sweeping grandeur like ‘Dominos’, just not as catchy. Still, I think this is a good sign of things to come. Bring it on.
The ‘Stay Gold’ single from the Big Pink will be released on the 7th of November on 4AD. Their second album is expected to drop in early 2012.