Album Review: Bastille – Bad Blood

A cathedral of Ethiopian monks chanting harmonies. It’s not the first element you would expect to find in a chart topping radio ballad, but “Pompei” is special. In fact Bastille‘s entire new album is a bit special. Since the Britpop band started out in 2010, they have continued to create soulful ballads touching the hearts and ears of millions internationally.

What makes Bastille special? What doesn’t? The are able to harness the buzz of recent years surrounding Florence + They Machine, Gotye, and The Naked and Famous with their own similar, yet very unique sound. There is a great deal of electronic production in their music, but it comes across as raw and authentic. A popular trick that has been mastered by Florence + The Machine, Gotye, and Lorde. It should be no surprise then that their first single “Pompei” has broken into the Top 40 in most every international market.

Key Tracks: Pompeii,” “Icarus,” and “Bad Blood”

Listening through the album instills this feeling of being in an thrilling adventure in the Vatican. I mean that in the best way. The rich echo and million part harmonies make these tracks sound HUGE. Besides, “Pompeii,” “Bad Blood,” and “Icarus” are personal favorites from the album. I highly suggest giving this whirlwind of an LP a full listen. It will wash away any notion you might have had about indie music phasing out of the limelight. I suspect this sound will only become more popular in the years to come.

– Joseph Noga
Account Executive, Education | FirstCom Music

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