10 Underrated Bastille Songs
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Bastille's lead singer, Dan Smith, is known for tantalising fans with promises of new music and has caused the word "soon" to be hated by all his fans. However, during the band's Reorchestrated Tour in April, Smith announced that the new album would be around in a "couple of weeks". This promise, accompanied by the PR stunt that the band pulled on Wednesday morning, where all of their social media accounts were counting down to a quarter past midnight, has caused Bastille's hibernating fans to reemerge eager for more. Fans have speculated that the new single 'Quarter Past Midnight' will be released on the 9th May. Therefore, with less than a week to get into the Bastille mood and rediscover some songs that may have been forgotten, here are some seriously underrated new gems to add to your playlist. 'Campus', Wild World (Complete Edition), (2016) Starting with the most recently released track on this list, 'Campus' is made for university students. Depicting the realities of life at university, it has some poignant lines such as the fact that students have to "use someone else's artwork and research" to take "you up in the world". This album is the epitome of experimentation, and that is evidenced in the rhythmic variation of this track, with the band using a glockenspiel, clapping soundclips before the first chorus, the motif of the synthesized voice as well as the drum kit. The experimentation pays off though, as the variation will make you want to get up and have a boogie in the library. 'Get Home', Bad Blood, (2013) The success of this album meant that most of the songs are old favourites, but I wanted to draw attention to this one in particular. The harmonies throughout are pleasing to the ear, and the accompanying piano makes this an intimate track that sends shivers down your spine. It's stunning. 'Durban Skies', All This Bad Blood, (2013) While this is another slow and intimate song, it is quite different from 'Get Home' as it has a dark and moody quality to it. The delicacy of 'Durban Skies' is a sound that is seen less on Wild World, where the band's focus was on creating a powerful and political album. While they do both extremes expertly, this track is reminiscent of Bastille's old and slower songs. 'Skulls', All This Bad Blood, (2013) This track stands out amongst all of Bastille's music as an anomoly. Upon release, the dark sound was received with shock and suggested a change in direction for the band. Although that change didn't occur, the bluntness of the lyrics is haunting and can be seen on Wild World. The song reappears on VS. (Other People's Heartache pt. 3), under the titles 'Fall Into Your Arms' and 'Remains', as they both approach the song from a slightly different angle. This is a trick that shows how the band are questioning the assumption that once a song has been released, it cannot be changed.
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