Musical Discovery: ‘Some Kind of Love’ by The Killers

There was just enough time for The Killers to squeeze out one last single before the release of their sixth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful, this time next week, and it’s certainly a move away from the rockish grit heard on previous tracks such as The Man and Run for Cover. Now, with a little inspiration from English artist Brian Eno, Flowers and the rest of the band take a step back for a more reflective sound.

Like Madeon meets The xx, it’s a heavily atmospheric song throughout, complete with haunting synths, soft vocals from Flowers, light bass and a constrained drum beat. On top of this, with the frontman revealing to Rolling Stone that the song is about his wife, it brings a whole new sense of emotiveness to lines the outro: ‘Can’t do this alone/We need you at home/There’s so much to see/We know that you’re strong’.

When outside the realm of Wonderful Wonderful, one imagines that this would make for an interesting break from the traditional rock tracks which appear on the band’s tour setlist. As The Killers prepare for their UK tour in November, it’s without a doubt that Flowers and co. will bring out some tracks from the new release, and here’s hoping that Some Kind of Love gets a play.

After all, with a slow tempo and a moving message at its core, it would certainly make for a great ‘phones in the air’ track in between the rockier tracks from the new album and previous records. Whilst The Killers have always been known for their rough American rock, Some Kind of Love shows further adaptability from the band behind Mr Brightside, as well as supporting Flowers’ earlier comments to NME that Wonderful Wonderful will be a very personal release.

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Musical Discovery: ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ by The Killers

It was only a matter of time before the relaxed rock side of The Killers’ upcoming fifth album came to light. The title track, Wonderful Wonderful, was released last Friday and sees them move away from the fast pace of their previous single, Run For Cover. From funk, to driving rock and now something a little bit slower, the American band are still finding new ways to experiment with their style after more than 15 years in the game.

Bassist Mark Stoermer’s contribution to the track is clear from the outset. Much like the other two singles, a tense build-up occurs – this time complete with whining and scratching guitar, a rough rhythm and a tight bass riff. Throughout, the latter two instruments maintain the pace in a way which somewhat detracts from Flowers’ vocals, which, although distinctive, feel a tad mumbly and bland this time around. As a track, Wonderful Wonderful is on the same wavelength as Read My Mind – albeit when it becomes a bit more anthemic towards the end of the song.

Coincidentally, it’s the final verse which begins with the lyrics wonderful, wonderful where the song really packs a punch. With emphasised guitar chords and crash cymbals aplenty, it has the traditional grandiose flair to be expected of a Killers track. Yet, 3 minutes and 36 seconds in to a five-minute-long song, one has to ask if this is too little too late. On this occasion, its the instrumental aspects of the track which save it, even if the pace or tone of the vocals aren’t really your preferred rock style.

Wonderful, Wonderful is set to be released on September 22, 2o17.

Musical Discovery: ‘Run for Cover’ by The Killers

It’s hardly an unusual occurrence in the music industry: a band, returning from a lengthy break with a desire to try out a new sound, release something different before backing it up with a single that sounds familiar. Yet, this is The Killers we’re talking about – the group behind Mr Brightside who are still full of versatility after more than 10 years on the music scene.

Run for Cover is the latest single from the hitmakers’ upcoming album, Wonderful Wonderful, and follows on from The Man – a track full of falsetto and machismo. This time, however, Flowers delivers gritty and harsh lyrics about toxicology, dirtbags and a difficult relationship with a brand of rock that’s reminiscent of a previous hit (Spaceman) and the Kaiser Chiefs. It’s no surprise either, after the lead singer revealed that “Run for Cover was written about nine years ago for Day & Age but it wasn’t completely written”.

Opening up the track with driving drum beats and intense guitar riffs, a sense of nostalgia is created for fans – and that’s even before Flowers begins the first verse with Ricky Wilson-esque vocals. Then comes the chorus, which sounds both familiar and distinctive at the same time, with the usual blend of anthemic lyrics, stand-out guitar melodies and pounding drums. Whilst The Man offers a more laid-back groove to sway to, there’s no denying that Run for Cover will have fans rocking out when the band go on tour later this year and in 2018.

Musical Discovery: ‘The Man’ by The Killers

Bass-heavy alternative is sweeping the genre at the moment, whether it’s full-on funk or something a little bit more inventive, everyone seems to be jumping on the musical bandwagon. Now, with a song that sounds like the lovechild of Jamiroquai and Two Door Cinema Club, Mr Brightside singers The Killers return from a five-year absence with The Man.

Although far from an anthemic rock single, the fluid drum beats and groovy guitars apparent in Battle Born and Hot Fuss still linger underneath Brandon Flower’s falsetto vocals. The Man (taken from the band’s upcoming album, Wonderful Wonderful) debuted as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, and certainly hints at a record which strikes a balance between funky alternative and hard-hitting rock.

However similar it may sound compared to other alternative bands in the industry at the moment, we can all be thankful that The Killers are back after a lengthy absence.

The Man is available to stream on Spotify and iTunes now.

Musical Discovery: ‘The Man’ by Aloe Blacc

OK, so I may be a bit late to comment on this song, what with the music video being uploaded to YouTube at the start of March, and the song itself being released at the end of March. But, nonetheless, I’m still going to talk about it!

Now, a lot of people reviewing the song on iTunes, as well as others, have commented on how similar the chorus is to Elton John/Ellie Goulding’s Your Song. However, I don’t particularly like that song (either version) that much, so it doesn’t bother me on those grounds.

Also, songs have similar melodies all the time! Recently, I couldn’t help but notice how similar Imagine Dragons’ song, Demons is to Cover Drive’s Sparks.

If I’m right, Aloe Blacc also credited Elton John when it came to the song itself. But anyway, the song itself!

Like Aloe Blacc’s previous chart successes with I Need a Dollar and the great collaboration with Avicii on Wake Me Up, this single sees more soul from the musician.

Overall, Aloe’s powerful, soulful vocals combined with funky instrumental is what made this track a number one single.

Liam