As February 3rd fast approaches, the anticipation surrounding James Mercer and Brian Burton’s second Broken Bells full-length, After The Disco, intensifies and rightly so. For the album comprises eleven intricate, so too idiosyncratic proto-pop ditties worthy of intense veneration. Mercer and Burton have already bestowed upon us eerie power ballad Holding On For Life and the album’s strutting title track, and the duo recently took to a Parisian piano shop to play a pared down version of the otherwise bitty, electropoppy The Changing Lights.
La Blogothèque, who filmed the session for their widely revered Take Away Show series, say of the store: ‘C’est une boutique qui n’a pas été rachetée, remplacée. Une boutique qui a résisté aux mouvements alentours et s’est du coup figée, comme une chambre où plus personne ne dort depuis longtemps.’ Fitting, then, that the inimitable Broken Bells should provide a revision of The Changing Lights that rings about said boutique with the somnolent charm of a lullabying berceuse. ‘L’enseigne est d’un autre temps, les affiches sur les murs n’ont pas bougé depuis 15 ans’, continues the description en français, and so timeless does this sepia, somehow antique rework already sound that it fits in perfectly with the surrounds in which it was recited. Thus although Broken Bells doubtless belong to the here and now, their appeal will surely last for significantly longer than the fifteen-odd years the posters on the walls around them have remained unchanged.
After The Disco is expected February 3rd on Columbia Records.