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Single Review: The Correspondents - Well-Measured Vice

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The Correspondents unveil their new single in the self–described ‘multi-sensory pleasure palace’ House of Wolf. All red velvet, vintage furniture and diamante wolves, the setting seems fit for frontman Mr. Bruce’s tales of hedonism and vice.

Mr. Bruce by Jarod Hargreaves

The track sees Mr. Bruce bemoaning the state of modern Britain and asking "What is life… without well-measured vice?" The accompanying video is a work of art in its own right. All 2,304 frames were hand-drawn by Mr. Bruce over three months recovering from a broken foot. The video's nudity, decapitation and feline fantasies were enough to earn it the title of YouTube’s ‘Age-Restricted Content’ in a matter of days.  

The video offers us a speculative gawp at Mr. Bruce’s animated abs. At the single launch, sadly, he refuses requests that he strip off his spandex. This is the only reason to be disappointed. Even fully clothed, Mr. Bruce is a consummate front man, whilst producer Chuckles, hiding out at the back with his Apple Mac, works magic on every song. The songs seem more polished; Mr. Bruce’s dance moves sicker than ever. It’s a perfect combination and the crowd – half of whom look as if they’ve stepped right out of Mr. Bruce’s warped vision of jazz-age Britain  clearly agree. 

As a genre-blending tale of hedonism, the new single contains everything that makes The Correspondents great. Like the live performance, it demonstrates a newly polished sound – a real achievement for a duo that pulls together sounds and samples from dubstep to scat, Afrobeat to swing. Since emerging in 2007 they’ve been wowing audiences – but right now The Correspondents look and sound like they’re on top of their game.

 

 

 

Well-Measured Vice will be released on 28th Jan 2013. 

 




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