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Wild WorldAt first glance the striking artwork for Bastille's hugely anticipated second album, 'Wild World', may prompt a number of questions. Who are the two individuals balanced precariously above a cityscape? Why are they there? What will happen next? But Dan Smith's own interpretation of the image is one that runs through many of the songs on Wild World, "To me, the image isn't about what's just happened or what happens next," he begins. "It's not about how they got there or how they get down. It's about sharing a moment - two friends existing in that split second in that exact space, two people framed in the vast context of this huge mad metropolis that we've all built. They're there out of choice."
The London four-piece release their hugely anticipated second album, 'Wild World' in 2016. The album follows the band's global four million selling, multi-platinum debut, Bad Blood.
The announcement follows a fever pitch build spearheaded by infectious new single 'Good Grief', which received an incredible reaction across media and charted as last week's highest new entry as well as achieving the most week-one streams ever for an alternative single. The surreal video for the track clocked up over half a million views in just 48 hours and the band's recent triumphant Glastonbury set drew one of the largest crowds of the weekend and was hailed by the NME as "A masterclass in how to win Glastonbury."
Wild World retains the vivid, rich, filmic song-writing of its predecessor but pushes the band's distinctive sound in exciting new directions. Lyrically, too, it's a leap forward, "If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it" Dan explains, "Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it's presented to you through the media. It's also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it. We wanted the album to be a bit disorientating - at times extroverted and introverted, light and dark."
Written by Dan Smith and co-produced with Bastille fifth member Mark Crew, Wild World was recorded in the same tiny, South London windowless basement studio where the band recorded its predecessor. It's a collection of fourteen songs (nineteen on the deluxe edition) that sees Bastille at their boldest and most daring. Anthemic yet thought-provoking tracks include the fiery, string-laden, 'The Currents', a poignant and timely song that was written about, "Specific public figures on both sides of the Atlantic, and how it can be hard to believe they can think certain thoughts, let alone say them out loud or get on a podium and broadcast them." As well as the bombastic 'Send Them Off!' which boasts the attitude of a classic hip hop song set against the lyrical narrative and insecurities that are part of Bastille's own DNA, whilst referencing both The Exorcist and Othello. The track exemplifies Dan's belief in shuffle culture and the end of rigid genre boundaries. There's also the pensive, stripped back Depeche Mode-esque sound bed for the band's beautiful album trailer, 'Two Evils' which was recorded in one take; As well as the irresistible and rousing 'Snakes' and the guitar heavy 'Blame', which Dan describes as, "Our first foray into big guitar riffs, in a fictional standoff between two gangsters."
But at the heart of it all, there's a sense of escapism that runs through Wild World and a fascination with the human condition and the relationships we all forge, fight over and sometimes forget. "The world can seem a fucked up place," Dan concludes. "But people - well, people can be amazing. The relationships you choose to have in your life are the main solace. They're the things that make life awesome."1. Good Grief
2. The Currents
3. An Act of Kindness
7. Two Evils
8. Send Them Off!
10. Four Walls (The Ballad of Perry Smith)
12. Fake It
14. Winter of Our Youth$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bad BloodUS Version Includes Three Bonus Tracks
Bad Blood, the full-length debut from Bastilleis released by Virgin Records. Bastille is the top-selling debut act of 2013 in the U.K., where Bad Blood entered the albums chart at No. 1 earlier this year and has remained in the Top 20 ever since.
The U.S. version of the album will include three bonus tracks - "The Silence," "Weight of Living, PT. I" and "Laughter Lines."
Bastille will made its U.S. television debut on "Conan" July 24. The U.K. band played a sold-out show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and will return to the States in the fall of 2013 for its first North American tour.
Haunt, Bastille's four-song EP debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart after being released digitally. "Pompeii," the lead single, is already Top 20 at Modern Rock, and has been added by numerous stations, including KROQ-Los Angeles, 98/7-Los Angeles, Live 105-San Francisco, Q877-Chicago, KTCL-Denver, WRFF-Philadelphia, KTBZ-Houston, DC101-Washington DC and SiriusXM's Alt Nation. The "Pompeii" video has more than 30 million views.
Dan Smith, the founder of Bastille, envisioned the "Pompeii" clip as the novel I Am Legend if it were shot by the director of Drive, which hints at how inextricably intertwined music, film and literature are in his creative process. Rounding out Bastille's lineup are Will Farquarson, Kyle Simmons and Chris "Woody" Wood. The four musicians have been playing and touring together for more than two years and while each has his main role in Bastille, they effortlessly trade places on vocals, keyboards and percussion. The band's spring 2013 U.K. headline tour sold out immediately, with all 44,000 tickets gone in a day, and they are playing major festivals in the U.K, Europe and Japan this summer. Bastille's performance of "Pompeii" at Glastonbury can be seen here.
While Bad Blood sounds lush, it was actually recorded in a tiny room on limited equipment - apart from a day spent recording strings in the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Smith, working with producer Mark Crew, aimed to approach each song differently.
"I wanted each to be its own story with its own atmosphere which brings in different sounds and elements of production, incorporating aspects of the different genres and styles that I love: hip hop, indie, pop and folk," he explains. "Film soundtracks can be broad and varied, but tied together by the film itself. I hope the album will be something like that, but held together by my voice and the songwriting, each song a scene or part of a bigger picture."
"Pompeii" is an epic in miniature, a conversation between two charred bodies, frozen in time, caught in the ash that engulfed the Roman city of sin while songs like the title track and "Things We Lost in Fire" touch on the changing dynamics of relationships. "'Bad Blood' is an album crafted in one of modern pop's greatest refineries," observed Artrocker, awarding it five stars, while BBC Music said, "Bastille really deliver." Q named "Overjoyed" as "Track of the Day," noting, "[Bastille's] bewitching mixture of softly delivered vocals and glitchy tracks creates an impressive atmosphere."1. Pompeii
2. Things We Lost in the Fire
3. Bad Blood
5. These Streets
6. Weight of Living, Pt. II
10. Daniel in the Den
11. Laura Palmer
12. Get Home
13. The Silence
14. Weight of Living, PT. I
15. Laughter Lines$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RemixedThe neo-synth pop group Bastille were formed in London, England in 2010. Originally the solo project of singer/songwriter Dan Smith, Bastille expanded to a quartet after he decided to form a band and got some of his friends involved. The band attracted a lot of attention after putting a few tracks online, leading to support slots at major U.K. festivals like Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. While their lush, heavily '80s-inspired melodies, anthemic choruses, and literate, emotionally raw lyrics, delivered in Smith's swooping voice, undoubtedly appealed to kids weaned on the sounds of La Roux and Florence + the Machine, at least part of the hype was due to the flagrantly copyright-breaching videos that Smith, an ardent film buff, edited together out of footage from old movies like Terrence Malick's Badlands. Eventually they secured a deal with hip indie label Young and Lost Club and released their debut 7" single, Flaws/Icarus, in July 2011. This was followed later that year by Laura Palmer EP, named for the teenaged murder victim in David Lynch's cult '90s TV series Twin Peaks; the creepy accompanying video for the track "Overjoyed" was also heavily inspired by the series. The group returned in 2013 with their debut album Bad Blood.
~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi1. Bad Blood (MelÉ Remix)
2. Overjoyed (Distance Remix)
3. Pompeii (Kat Krazy Remix)
4. Laura Palmer (RAC Mix)
5. Things We Lost In the Fire (beGun Remix)
6. Flaws (Russ Chimes Remix)
7. Bad Blood (feat. F Stokes & Kenzie May) [F*U*G*Z Remix]
8. Overjoyed (Yeasayer Remix)
9. Pompeii (Tyde Remix)
10. Laura Palmer (Abbey Road Sessions)$10.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Waking Up The Giants180 Gram Vinyl + Includes Sticker!
Mostly self-produced, the debut album delivers an arena-ready sound from a wide range of musical & geographical backgrounds, textured with graceful melodies, sprawling guitar & lush but edgy electronics. The album includes Alt-Rock Hit, "Troublemaker." Touring this Fall with X Ambassadors; Past tours & festivals include Bastille, Firefly,Hangout, Bottlerock, Red Rocks, & Voodoo.1. Into The Barrens
4. The Struggle
5. Bob Marley
6. Waking Up The Giants
7. Waiting For You
9. Bounty On My Head
10. Cosmic Angel
11. Bohemian Bird$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From The SparkWith members of the band coming from Louisiana, Stockholm and Los Angeles, Grizfolk effortlessly blend their respective musical influences into songs
that are impossibly catchy and creative. They have toured with Haim and Bastille in the past, and will begin a six week tour starting February 26, in which
time they will support ZZ Ward nationally, and Bastille internationally.1. Hymnals
2. The Struggle
4. Waiting For You$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Time Is Now (Pre-Order)The Time Is Now is the seventh studio album by British singer Craig David. The album will feature guests JP Cooper, Bastille, AJ Tracey, Ella Mai, Kaytranada and GoldLink.LP 1
3. Brand New
4. Going On
5. Love Me Like It's Yesterday
6. For the Gram
7. Get Involved (feat. JP Cooper)
8. I Know You (feat. Bastille)
1. Live in the Moment (feat. Goldlink)
2. Love Will Come Around
3. Somebody Like Me (feat. AJ Tracey)
6. Talk to Me
7. Talk to Me Pt. II (feat. Ella Mai)$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Hello MemoryBrooklyn remix collective turned dance pop luminaries Little Daylight ascended through the Hype Machine fame with remixes of songs by Passion Pit,
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Neighbourhood and more before releasing their own pulsating debut single 'Overdose'. The release of a
well received debut EP Tunnel Vision, helped garner the trio multiple national tours with Bastille, The Neighbourhood, Charli XCX and more. Little
Daylight's forthcoming debut album HELLO MEMORY comes on the heels of multiple video premieres, track premieres, radio play, and
touring.1. My Life
3. Siren Call
4. Love Stories
5. Mona Lisa
6. Be Long
7. Nothing To Lose
8. No One Else But You
10. Never Go Back$12.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now