By Hilary Crisan
I was originally drawn to Bombay Bicycle Club when I heard their cover of Lana Del Rey’s hit song, “Video Games”, and decided to check out their sophomore album, released 2010, “Flaws.” Since then, I have kept myself informed and was delighted to hear they released a new album Feb. 3, titled “So Long, See You Tomorrow.” The album does not disappoint and is a great discovery for a huge Bombay Bicycle Club fan, like myself, or anyone looking for new music that’s infiltrating the U.S. indie scene.
Bombay Bicycle Club is an indie-rock band based out of London composed of vocalist Jack Steadman, guitarist Jamie MacColl, drummer Suren de Saram and bassist Ed Nash. They have made their name across Europe, selling out shows in England and Ireland, but are still breaking through to the United States.
The band is known for expanding its sound with each album, going from standard indie rock to folk rock to electro-pop. “So Long, See You Tomorrow” is filled with harsh electronic beats and samples that create a surprising sound for the band. While their previous album, “A Different Kind of Fix,” dips a toe in drum machines and vocal samples, their experimentation is in full force in “So Long, See You Tomorrow.” Songs like “Luna” and “Whenever, Wherever” still showcase Steadman’s signature smoky and soft vocals while other tracks, such as “Carry Me” and “Overdone,” put the electronics at the forefront. The track “Feel” is a standout, putting an almost hip-hop beat underneath an Indian-influenced instrumentation.
Female vocalist Lucy Rose makes her second appearance on a Bombay Bicycle Club album with her first guest appearance with the band on the 2011 album “A Different Kind of Fix.” Her soft and sweet voice counteracts Steadman’s harsher vocals, making a perfect female response to Steadman’s romantic lyrics. The closing song, and also the title track of the album, is a six-minute, softly sung ballad composed of soft electronic drums and keyboards that picks up around the four-minute mark with celebratory horns in front of spacey sounds. It closes the album with a hazy 1980s feel, reminiscent of The Church.
Overall, the album is a mixture of danceable tracks with catchy hooks and piano ballads integrated with keyboards. Bombay Bicycle Club has never refused an experiment in the studio, and, so far, it hasn’t gone wrong for them.
- “It’s Alright Now”
- “Carry Me”
- “Home By Now”
- “Come To”