After a two year gap from indie rock greats, Cold War Kids, ‘Dear Miss Lonelyhearts’ sees a confident, safe, return to the scene with an album that also welcomes a fantastic return to form but and impressive progression from their 2011 release of ‘Mine Is Yours’.
‘Miracle Mile’, a single set to be released in the next few days, is an intensely bright, light-hearted sounding track – Flourishing all the desirable traits of a buoyant Indie record, Nathan Willett’s distinctive vocals ring through in an charismatic manner as the band tackle uplifting riffs and attack their audibly tried and tested sound. After giving this album many, many listens – Miracle Mile still stands out as the stand out best track on the album, to me.
As a relative outsider to the ‘indie’ genre, one thing that can be said of it is that it’s fucking huge, at the moment (and probably always has been). Cold War Kids use this to their advantage as they dominantly show the newcomers how it’s done. ‘Loner Phase’ is a futuristic (Or very dated, take it as you will) sounding track with almost crudely inserted electronic staggers, that simultaneous add a great deal to the overall prowess of the track whilst it slowly develops into catchy vocal hooks and consistently upbeat drumming.
One thing that can be said about this record is that despite their instantly recognisable sound shines throughout, they haven’t backed off from testing out what they can do. Let me explain in the easiest way I can…
Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is not solely a dance-around-your-room-with-no-pants-on upbeat fandango, although it is cautious of being a miserable old sod, it does sometimes struggle fighting it off, in places.
‘Tuxedos’ is a blunt love song, as Nathan openly sings about a seemingly failed, or never quite started, relationship whereas others, namely ‘Lost That Easy’, shows the more audacious side of Cold War Kids. A side I like. Whilst still displaying a similarly downbeat lyrical front, it’s played in a way that fools you into a foot-tapping daze.
The title track takes on an altogether different approach to the rest of the album. An almost acoustic introduction, with just the simple, yet effective, drum crescendo and solemn vocals – It creates an effectively compelling piece of music. It makes light of it’s seemingly technical production, seeing inserts of backing vocals and staggered percussion timings coming together to create an unapologetically atmospheric sound.
Listen to Miracle Mile below
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