The buoyant “All The King’s Men” comes from multi-vocal UK quartet Wild Beasts’ second album Two Dancers, the followup to 2008’s Limbo, Panto. The group describes the collection as “a series of scenes … a big party, the street outside later on, or in a bedroom, or desperately hungry and starving to death on a distant beach.” In this one, we get a mention of that bedroom along with “Girls from Rodean, girls from Shipley, from Hounslow, girls from Whitby” (aka “all you pretty things in search of somebody”). Of course, there’s also plenty of Hayden Thorpe’s atmospherically rich falsetto woven throughout.
Wild Beasts – “All The Kings Men” (MP3)
Two Dancers is out 9/8 in the via Domino. The band’s playing their first NYC show on that date (yes, 9/8) at Joe’s Pub. It’s their first time playing in any US city outside of Austin.