Art-rockers British Sea Power are back with a brand new album – its sixth – and it’s a glorious return to the exhilarating, bright-minded guitar music that earned them their breakout nomination for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize as they cover subject matter ranging from the stars in the night sky to the methodology of media manipulation.
Guitarist Martin Noble says of the album: “There wasn’t a plan to create an album with any particular subject matter but we’ve kind of ended up with a case of ’think global, act local’ – an album where individuals are dealing with their domestic and personal lives against a background of uncontrollable international lunacy.
It’s fair to say that nobody is quite making this kind of rock music in 2017, which is why this new release needs to be cherished and celebrated for its sheer audacity. On songs like “Bad Bohemian”, “International Space Station” and “What You’re Doing” BSP make no bones about simply rocking out with the artistry of 80s Big Music recalling the likes of Psychedelic Furs, Simple Minds, Teardrop Explodes and Echo & the Bunnymen in terms of attitude and approach.
Raucous and joyous, already one of the albums of the year! Out now!
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