Bombay are back! The English indie-rock giants have returned with a new single, “Carry Me,” and have also announced their fourth album which is due for release on Feb. 3rd, 2014. It will be the follow up to their highly successful third record, A Different Kind Of Fix. The forthcoming album will also be the first record for the band that is entirely produced by lead vocalist Jack Steadman.
“Carry Me” is an extension and further development from the sounds heard on the band’s third record; the use of sample play and synths have allowed the band to create thicker and more textured songs. It begins with a section of sampled drums, a synth-y bassline, and riffling horn section to introduce us to the hook. Steadman’s sweeping falsetto quickly enters and is joined by band affiliate and frequent touring partner Lucy Rose’s backing vocals which meander in and out of the song.
This track is powerful, unapologetic and full of attitude; it’s rhythmic and has a great dance-centric element to it. The first time I heard it, it reminded me of a more raw sounding “bombayified” version of Friendly Fires’ “Live Those Days Tonight.” The band decided to release an interactive video for the song which you can see on their website. The official video however has now been released, which is an extension of the original and features some great animation from Powster. The video is an amalgamation of several videos of the same thing but shot at different angles with the band in different poses. This was then all strung together to create the final outcome.
The new album is supposed to be oriented around experimentation, using sounds which Steadman picked up on from his travels around the world. The band has already showcased a few new songs during their recent live gigs, so if you head over to YouTube, don’t be surprised to find some. If Bombay Bicycle Club can keep this up and make an album that sounds even remotely similar to “Carry Me,” then they are going to make a lot of people very, very happy.