British Sea Power - Let The Dancers Inherit The Party

Returning with their sixth full length non-soundtrack/project album, off the back of 2013’s Machineries of Joy and the 12th anniversary of their seminal debut The Decline of British Sea Power two years ago. British Sea Power release Let The Dancers Inherit The Party thanks to a crowd- funding expedition through their own label Golden Chariot along with Caroline International. Billed as invigorating and a reset for the listener amid a world of fake news, politician double speak, and cluttered lives, guitarist Martin Noble likened it to jumping into the sea on a cold winter morning “clearing the head and letting you face what’s ahead”. But how does this work for an indie rock record from a band in their 17th year, who have often threatened to become the next big stadium thing if it weren’t for their idiosyncratic artistic experimentation - i.e. re-recording a career retrospective with brass bands - but who have maintained a loyal and ardent fan base that has enabled them to record this album? The answer? It works by being one of their most direct and cohesive works to date.

Overall, it's business as usual with vocal duties being shared by the distinctive sounding yelps from Jan and Neil, and solid anthemic guitar and keyboard riffs resulting in an expansive wall of sound - part New Order, part Arcade Fire. What elevates it is the way that these tracks flow seamlessly into one another; using the poppier elements of their sound to create their most uplifting record of late. There are some more subtle digs at the current state of affairs, pointing fingers at the “Kings of propaganda” in ‘The Voice of Ivy Lee’, but this never threatens to overshadow the overall feeling of the record with a healthy mix of floor fillers and slower reflective numbers. Highlights: the new wave of ‘Bad Bohemian’, the anthemic ‘International Space Station’, the disco pop rock of ‘Keep on Trying’, and the almost trip hop like ‘Want To Be Free’.

As much as British Sea Power could have always quite easily filled the the next big indie bandshoes with an uncanny knack for a catchy melody and a sense of fun, you get the feeling that this would be the worst thing they could imagine doing; content instead with a loyal fan base that allows them the opportunity to experiment with soundtracks and other projects. Let The Dancers Inherit The Party is a product of its crowdfunded background, by giving the fans exactly want in the least cynical way possible.

Overall

A solid release from indie mainstays. The party is still theirs.

7

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