'So Long, See You Tomorrow' is the fourth studio album from Bombay Bicycle Club.
Despite being brandished in 2006 by NME as "the hottest band to come from North London for quite some time" BBC have managed to shake off the indie-hipster tag and continually come out with fresh sounding music; following a three year hiatus the band return with their distinct and unique vocal harmonies.
This is one of my favourite bands and, having looked forward to this release for some time now, I can say that I am not disappointed.
A lot is being made of the band's eclecticism, especially after the second album Flaws
took a crudely acoustic sound. Yet despite the said departure I would claim that their sound has remained unambiguously consistent.
Once again the band revel in their sumptuously layered vocals - but there is a significant focus this time on percussion and beat work. 'Carry Me's' repetitive oscillation ebbs around house music whilst 'Home By Now' begins with a hip-hop funk; 'Whenever, Wherever' sounds like a drum and bass tune and 'Luna' suggests Bhangra dancefloor. Whilst the variation can be taken for a lack of firm identity I prefer to interpret it as a band willing to take on new sounds and experimentations.
And yet the band's zest and youthful energy, epitomised for example by the title track 'So Long, See You Tomorrow', remains in abundance. This will be a welcome addition for Bombay Bicycle Club's loyal following and a suitable introduction to newcomers of a band that has managed to maintain its image and passion despite an ever changing musical backdrop.
Listen to: 'Carry Me', 'Luna', 'So Long, See You Tomorrow'