By Nicola Roy (@circaslaves)
Outgrowing a band or a certain style of music is a fear that many of us have, and it is a fear that lays mostly in the members of the bands themselves. So 7 years ago, when LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy claimed exactly that, the last thing we expected this year was not one, but two tracks and an upcoming unnamed album that so far lyrically illustrates the pure irony of Murphy‘s completely untrue statement.
First up is lead single call the police – starting off with with a simple and minimalistic beat, it immediately brings to mind tracks from their last full-length release in 2010, This Is Happening, such as Dance Yrself Clean. This quickly builds up a sense of infectious momentum as the bass line drives the intro forward to the opening lyrics- ‘We all, we all, we all, we all know this is nothing‘, which perfectly highlights the irony of Murphy‘s statement of being too old for the band. He proves himself quite wrong in the next seven minutes- once the drums start up, layer upon layer of shimmering cymbals, squealing guitar solos and increasingly quirky lyrics (‘Well there’s a full-blown rebellion but you’re easy to confuse / by triggered kids and fakers and some questionable views‘) come together to form seven minutes of raw energy and positivity. Unlike the aforementioned Dance Yrself Clean, the track doesn’t revert back to its minimalistic opening at the end, but carries on triumphantly the whole way through, never losing momentum: this is a comeback anthem for sure.
If call the police is the party, american dream is the sour feeling the following morning. Following a gentle waltz rhythm accompanied by tinkling synths, it’s easy to listen to, but the lyrics spell out a pretty accurate view of the current shitshow that is life in America: ‘it’s the drug of the heart and you can’t stop the shaking / cause the body wants what it’s terrible at taking‘. The fact that this, like the first track, is a long one, and there isn’t a lot of instrumental changes in the song, indicates that it really should be boring, but it isn’t. The lyrics are the undoubtedly the highlight of this song, and the cutting truth that they capture ensure that everybody, in one way or another, can relate to them. Despite this being quite an emotional slap in the face following the fist-pumping call the police, in no way does the solemn message make it any less enjoyable.
With a great deal of pressure on their return, plus Murphy‘s apparent self-doubt, LCD Soundsystem worried fans for a number of years. Would they be back, and more importantly, would it be worth it? The answer is yes- these two tracks prove that their time away has been extremely beneficial, and leaves fans hopefully wondering what their next release will hold.