If you’re looking for subtlety and minimalism, So Long, See You Tomorrow is the wrong way for you, go back. Playful, bold and experimental are the flavours of Bombay Bicycle Club’s fourth full length album, sticking to the recipe they concocted with A Different Kind of Fix, which has already put them sitting pretty at #1 in the UK.
A finely orchestrated wall of noise greets you in opener ‘Overdone’, combining playful vocals, grungey guitar riffs and theatrical strings that culminate in an over-all-too-soon drum finale. ‘Home By Now’ has to be THE roadtrip song of 2014, a continually evolving track where the BBC crew mix up the vocals, drop in layer upon layer of keys, guitar, synth and strings to form a kaleidoscopic soundscape.
Each track on the album is an experiment all to itself, which could make the entire work feel schizophrenic if not for lead singer Jack Steadman’s signature vocals and work tickling the ivories to inject a soul into So Long, See You Tomorrow that is all its own. It certainly helps that Steadman also took on production duties working alongside Mark Rankin who mixed and engineered the album.
Soaring vocals from Steadman and fellow UK resident Rae Morris on ‘Luna’ make you want to jump up and down singing at the top of your lungs (OK, my neighbour called it screaming and mentioned something about shutting the eff up) but the soaring gets a little old on ‘Eyes Off You’; I love a little drama but the track lacks edge.
Title track ‘So Long See You Tomorrow’ is a surprise package of melancholy and friskiness, you’ll think you’ve got it figured out but listen to the whole 6 minutes, just for me please. Overall you’ll be happy parting with your coin for this inventive indie rock nugget, I leave it to you to figure out which track on the album is inspired by Steadman’s travels playing with a Turkish wedding band (true story).
We’ll leave you with the album’s latest single ‘It’s Alright Now’
Bombay Bicycle Club‘s So Long, See You Tomorrow is available now on iTunes.