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Album Review: Bastille – Wild World

 
By on Thursday, 29th September 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Bastille Wild World album coverCapitalising upon the successes of an album that garners you worldwide popularity is always a tough trick for bands to pull off. With Dan Smith and Bastille, they’ve slowly built upon the release of 2013’s ‘Bad Blood’ through EPs and various mixtapes in the intervening time. Now they’ve finally released a fully-formed second full length album.

Bastille waste no time in ensuring you’re completely immersed in the proceedings by using cinematic samples to create somewhat of a flowing narrative throughout. This follows the design of their album covers, which feature film poster typography and styling. ‘Good Grief’ features 1987’s ‘Weird Science’ Lisa character, who ties into the song’s lyrical contentthat is focused upon the loss of someone from your life who brought such strong feelings to the surface they are essentially “perfect”, which is Lisa’s character purpose within the film. The lyrics “What’s gonna be left of the world if you’re not in it?” during the pre-chorus alludes to more serious consequences than just heartbreak, perhaps even death. This suggests the song’s ultimate meaning is much darker than the relatively upbeat musical accompaniment.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWCB3hpJDXM[/youtube]

‘The Currents’ focuses upon negativity that is spread so easily through the many platforms we have in the modern age. Once again, this is reinforced by an intermezzo of spoken word, though this time popular culture is left behind and this sample is taken from a cold-war era propaganda video. From the beginning, there are three separate movements throughout the first three tracks, the last of which is more melodramatic and dark with ‘An Act of Kindness’. Starting with a slow piano hook, it boils into a thunderous, yet still slightly withdrawn chorus. It also continues the trend of Bastille painting dichotomy with their music, the song concerns actual positivity in this often pessimistic and self-absorbed world.

Musically, the album’s strengths lie in this band’s ability to create choruses that carry major pop weight, making them not only memorable but unforgettable. Almost. Bastille are aware of what they do well and make no mistakes in focusing upon it. It’s not quite pop-by-numbers but it’s certainly not groundbreaking. While ‘Two Evils’ breaks away from this previous statement, resulting in one of the weaker moments on the album, it’s granted that albums should have a break point, where the majority of the album’s flow is separated in order to fully enjoy and appreciate what happens around it. However it breaks away too severely, almost stopping the momentum gained by the prior tracks. Fortunately ‘Send Them Off!’ brings it back in with style. As a grand, classic Bastille offering, it does all it can to pick the pace up again, and succeeds.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yhuSy7_frw[/youtube]

‘Wild World’ can feel mildly repetitive, where the formula utilised again and again begins to feel stale. There’s no real development, which over 14 tracks can feel like quite an unnecessarily prolonged journey. Considering the album started with such promise, it’s disappointing it soon descends into boredom. The last third has no real talking points, and any real feeling is soon lost after ‘Send Them Off!’. Finale ‘Winter of Our Youth’ continues the trend of tapping into the more vulnerable parts of the mind, in particular focusing upon the past and glorifying it rather than realising it may not have been as perfect as we remembered. The slow and progressive nature of the track mirrors the lyrical content, particularly with the lyric “I’m peddling backwards”.

Bastille certainly have a penchant for choruses and pop hooks, but for a band who are able to delve into the darker moments of humanity, including death and retrospective (see ‘Pompeii’), they don’t allow the music to fully represent this. Some might argue that music with a pop bent like Bastille is only as strong as its hook. But Bastille are a band who are capable of so much more and could easily juggle both depth and pop to a new extent. They skirt the darker side of life, but need to soon pair it with a fresh formula and not recycle the one that saw their fast ascension.

5/10

‘Wild World’, the second album from Bastille, is out now on Virgin EMI in the UK and Capitol Records in the States. To read more coverage of Bastille on TGTF, click here.

 

Bastille / October and November 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 4th July 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Dan Smith and Bastille are gearing up to release ‘Wild World’, their second album and follow-up to their monster blockbuster ‘Bad Blood’. ‘Wild World’ will see the light of day on the 9th of September on Virgin EMI. A fan presale for their upcoming autumn tour will take place on Wednesday, the 6th of July, at 9 AM. The general sale will follow on Friday, the 8th of July, at 9 AM. You can watch the video for the first taster, ‘Good Grief’, below the tour dates (warning: there’s a bit of nudity that might bother the biggest prudes).

Friday 28th October 2016 – Bournemouth BIC
Saturday 29th October 2016 – Plymouth Pavilions
Monday 31st October 2016 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday 1st November 2016 – London O2
Friday 4th November 2016 – Leeds First Direct Arena
Saturday 5th November 2016 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
Sunday 6th November 2016 – Manchester Arena
Tuesday 8th November 2016 – Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Saturday 12th November 2016 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
Sunday 13th November 2016 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWCB3hpJDXM[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1396: Bastille

 
By on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Bastille have a new video for ‘The Draw’, featured on disc 2, ‘Part II: Other People’s Heartache’, of the band’s deluxe re-release of their debut album, ‘All This Bad Blood’. Watch the contemplative black and white video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6VyDN_aGbc[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1347: Bastille

 
By on Saturday, 12th October 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Everywhere you turn, oh look, it’s more Bastille! The latest? The promo for the ‘Of the Night’ single, which is Dan Smith and co.’s mash up of Snap!’s 90’s hit ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ and the 1993 Corona dance classic ‘The Rhythm of the Night’. (No, no, no! I’m shaking my head! Why, Bastille, why?) The single will be released on the 25th of November. If you’re not as averse to this mish mash cover as I am, watch the video below.

And in case that excitement wasn’t enough for you Bastille fangirls and fanboys, the band are putting out a special 2 CD set, ‘All This Bad Blood’, the same day as the single. The platinum debut album ‘Bad Blood’ will be disc 1; disc 2 will have a selection of songs the band has recorded over the last couple of years plus choice cuts from from the band’s two mix tapes, ‘Other Peoples Heartache’, parts 1 and 2.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCTDKLjdok4[/youtube]

 

Bastille / February and March 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 29th August 2013 at 9:00 am
 

After selling out every single date on his autumn UK tour, Dan Bastille has announced a UK arena tour for February and March 2014 to satisfy punter demand. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 30th of August, at 9 AM.

Thursday 27th February 2013 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Friday 28th February 2013 – Manchester Apollo
Monday 3th March 2013 – Plymouth Pavilion
Tuesday 4th March 2013 – Bournemouth BIC
Thursday 6th March 2013 – London Alexandra Palace

 

Video of the Moment #1258: Bastille

 
By on Monday, 15th July 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

The next single from Bastille‘s debut album ‘Bad Blood’ will be ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’, out on the 2nd of September. Themes of desolation and death will leave you with something other than fuzzy feelings from this promo, so all the fangirl-y type comments that I guess might otherwise be expected based on John’s impression of their live show at the Great Escape 2013 confuse me greatly. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGR4U7W1dZU[/youtube]

 
 
 

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