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Published on February 24, 2014 | by Lauren Bridgeman

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Album review: So Long, See You Tomorrow

★★★★

Bombay Bicycle Club’s ability to eclectically mix music genres sets them apart from other British bands. [Island Records]

Bombay Bicycle Club is a band of musical evolution and creative intricacy.

Since the release of debut album I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loosein 2009, the quartet’s ability to mix musical genres of acoustic, indie and folk have put them in firm stead as being one of the most innovative British bands to date.

Not only that, but they have rightfully secured themselves as musicians of courage, progression and depth.

So Long, See You Tomorrow certainly does not disappoint; of course, with so many incredible releases under their belt it is easy to compare and contrast.

This latest body of work, however, is just as special as their previous records in its own way and should be respected as another step forward in this band’s journey.

The album in its entirety is cinematic, colourful and beautifully dynamic.

The revisiting of lead vocalist Jack Steadman’s early musical DIY roots crafts the tracks together in the form of electronic, hazy collaged samples, which come alive with urgency and vitality throughout.

The smoky husk of Steadman’s vocals is still as magical and resonating as ever, much like the boldness of the guitar work fans love so much.

Overdone is an enchanting opening track, as frantic sonic sounds explode with hectic energy, clatters of percussion and slick electric guitar ignite what is to come with the rest of the album.

Soulful

So Long, See You Tomorrow sees the band mature and move forward from their previous albums. [Island Records]

Lyrically, Bombay Bicycle Club has grown up, despite still only being in their mid-twenties.

The youthful timidity apparent on their debut album has fled, making room for reflection.

The questioning and exploration of the human heart, fragility of the mind and departure are explored here and Steadman’s soulful penmanship is just as impressive on paper as when worked into the skilled musical compositions the record holds.

Carry Me as a debut single portrayed the bands fresh direction prior to the LP release, and demonstrates the artistry and production admirably.

Luna is a repetitive display of emotion, with added vocals from Rae Morris – a delicate female voice, much like Lucy Rose on former work – that sit just perfectly like woven silk.

With kaleidoscopic melodies, the track is feel-good and energetic and an obvious choice for the current single in release.

The London four-piece behind this work is a band that piece little fragments of inspiration together.

With palettes of dazzling tones, Bombay Bicycle Club approach their work like an artist to a canvas; they express and define themselves, and as a result are boundlessly creative in the only way they know how – their way.

 

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