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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Listen to the album below!

Image: Wunmi-Onibudo.

Iconic English rockers, Bloc Party have unveiled their hotly-anticipated sixth studio album, Alpha Games. The record marks the bands first full-length release since 2016’s Hymns.

Having spent the past few years working on the collection of songs, enlisting Nick Launay and Adam Greenspan (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, IDLES) on production. Returning to the post-punk sonics the four-piece explored on their earlier releases, the album is a treasure trove of sounds and textures that weaves in threads of hip-hop and dance. Frontman Kele Okereke's magnetic performance simmers above fuelled soundscapes.

“When we did the Silent Alarm tour I had to listen to that record from start to finish. I haven't really done that since it was made. I think that kind of energy we felt when we were performing those songs went some way into informing where we went next… That process definitely informed the music on some level.” Okereke shares.

“These last few years have felt like a morally bankrupt time. It really felt like we were in an episode of House of Cards. That definitely bled into what I wanted to say. I feel like in all of the songs on this record there are people in extreme situations, making extreme choices; that's what I wanted to capture. But what happens to our humanity when we prioritise success at all costs?”

Alpha Games is out now!


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