Single Review: White Lies – There Goes Our Love Again

By on Thursday, 20th June 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

This past Tuesday night on his evening programme, Radio1 presenter Zane Lowe premiered White Lies’ teaser ‘There Goes Our Love Again’, the second single to come from their forthcoming album ‘Big TV’ as his Hottest Record in the World. (First single ‘Getting Even’ was offered up as a free download and you can grab it from this previous MP3 of the Day post from earlier this month.) Singer/guitarist Harry McVeigh phoned in from the group’s promotional stop in Berlin to chat with Zane and expressed his utmost excitement about finally unleashing new material to the public, entirely keen on hearing what people think of it. Of course, the first thing your TGTF editor noticed was the closeness of the title to our own name. But sadly, that’s where the similarities between the two end.

Us White Lies fans have come to recognise (and rightly expect) drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown’s searing percussive beats and McVeigh’s often unemotional vocal delivery. So probably the first thing that will catch your attention after listening to ‘There Goes Our Love Again’ the first time all the way through is the shimmery synths. It distracts the listener from the repetitive, irritating chorus: “I didn’t go far, I didn’t go far, I didn’t go far and I came home”. It’s not dark per se, which is unusual for this band; we’re used to hearing about people dying, blood dripping from bodies, etc. The darkness here is portrayed through the loss of love. Or is it? Maybe it’s not understanding what love is and trying for the wrong things, for what you think you need from love.

Lest you have forgotten – and you would be forgiven for doing so, seeing that the band’s second album ‘Ritual’ was released in January 2011, nearly 2 and a half years ago – the White Lies’ modus operandi approach to lyrics is to have bassist Charles Cave write the words and guitarist Harry McVeigh sing them. Some of the most confounding lyrics in the song are as follows: “Home is a desperate end / cocoon my heart, cocoon my heart / and carry me to love again / cocoon my heart and bring me calm / hushing out the fear and the love / I know you’re opening now / just trying to pick my feelings undone”. If home is such a terrible place, then why is the subject of the song say he’s come home after not having been that far away?

The song title ‘There Goes Our Love Again’ seems to suggest the image of a relationship going past you, like you’re in a bus or car and it’s physically getting away from you. Surely that’s a painful thing to watch? So it’s odd that this image seems to be in direct contradiction to the lines quoted above, which indicate the person wants to be ‘carried’ to love like it’s this magical thing that life can take him to and he needs not to intervene. I also find the cocoon imagery very strange; maybe this person has been hurt so badly by this relationship, he’s hoping there’s another chance for reconciliation but he needs to heal first, his love organ swaddled? Further oddness.

This single isn’t bad; if you like the combination of grand guitar and synth. I can see this being a huge number on the festival circuit for the sheer sonic epicness on those two parts of the song alone. However, it’s missing the quality narrative style and we’ve come to expect after early monster singles ‘Death’ and ‘Unfinished Business’ and leaves you wanting more meat on the bones lyrically.

6/10

Single ‘There Goes Our Love Again’ will be released on Fiction Records on the 5th of August. ‘Big TV’, the third album by White Lies, will be released a week later, on the 12th of August. To hear Zane Lowe’s interview with Harry McVeigh, listen in on the iPlayer here; you have until next Tuesday 25 June before the programme disappears into the ether. You can also stream the song below. The band are playing a 3-night residency at London Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen in July; tickets can only be bought through a lottery, which is now closed.

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20th June 2013

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20th June 2013

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