Listen: Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life”

7 Nov

Broken Bells

Ok, so we know that this has already been covered extensively on many sites, but to paraphrase The Cranberries, everyone else is blogging it, why can’t we? Besides, we have particular interest in the latest release from the musical Bert and Ernie that is Broken Bells as, in a previous life we stated that Brian Burton and James Mercer were made for working together. A statement we have no problem re-stating following the release of new track, “Holding On For Life”, on which they have eschewed their previous genteel meanderings through a comforting and melodious countryside for something with a little more bite.

Just listen to that swaggering blaxploitation bassline beneath a ghoulish and ghostly opening that thrusts us through rickety doors of a glow-in-the- dark Scooby-Do style ghost train, past eerie, cobweb festooned graveyards and into an old haunted 70’s discotheque. There, like a white suited John Travolta auditioning for the “thriller” video, standing atop an illuminated dancefloor and surrounded by equally decomposed revellers, we will find Mercer. Giving it the full Bee Gees falsetto and alluring Dracula stare to entice the wide-eyed (eared?) listener into this underworld of synths and supernatural sounds, we are drawn in, under the spell and soon to become one of them.

”Holding On For Life” is taken from Broken Bells’ sophomore album, ‘After the Disco’ which is due for release on 14 January 2014.

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2 Responses to “Listen: Broken Bells – “Holding On For Life””

  1. Ross caravati November 13, 2013 at 05:59 #

    Cant stop watching their video teaser for “After the Disco” i need to know what happens next!!

  2. Jen January 12, 2014 at 21:04 #

    Love the title track After the Disco. You can listen on Pitchfork!

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