Bloc Party Announce New Album HYMNS

Last week, the once-beloved UK postpunkers Bloc Party shared a couple of new songs, “The Love Within” and “The Good News.” They were bad! People noticed! But we should probably get used to hearing songs like these, since Bloc Party have now announced the impending release of their new album HYMNS. Co-founders Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack are talking about the album as a back-to-basics affair, even though they have a 50%-new lineup that now features bassist Justin Harris, formerly of Menomena, and 21-year-old YouTube-discovery drummer Louise Bartle. In a press release, Lissak says this of the album’s sound: “It’s still a very live record. Everything has been played, though it doesn’t necessarily sound like that. We take a lot of influence from electronic music, for example, and then try to bring that into a completely different environment.” Meanwhile, Okereke says, “What Russell is doing now is completely blowing my mind. He’s using the guitar as an instrument of white noise, as well as a melodic tool. I’m super-excited about getting this music in front of people.” Check out the album’s tracklist below.

01 “The Love Within”
02 “Only He Can Heal Me”
03 “So Real”
04 “The Good News”
05 “Fortress”
06 “Different Drugs”
07 “Into The Earth”
08 “My True Name”
09 “Virtue”
10 “Exes”
11 “Living Lux”
12 “Eden” *
13 “Paradiso” *
14 “New Blood” *
15 “Evening Song” *

* Deluxe edition bonus track

HYMNS is out 1/29/2016 on Infectious Music/BMG/Vagrant.

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