Album Review: Bastille - Doom Days
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Bastille's much anticipated third album, Doom Days, is a conceptual project miles apart from their usual work. Set during the course of a night out partying against the backdrop of the apocalypse, the four-piece bring together escapism and existential dread with encompassing precision.
Album Art 'Doom Days' (2019)The progression between their previous album, Wild World, and Doom Days may appear stark at first, with this alternative indie group taking to electronic and pop sounds. However, at the close of 2018 Bastille released Other People's Heartache (Pt. IV), a mixtape where they collaborate with other artists ordinarily out of reach due to genre boundaries, such as Craig David and James Arthur. This, combined with the huge success of the singles 'Happier' with Marshmallow and 'Grip' with Seeb, makes it clear that the band is refusing to conform to genre norms, and Doom Days is the epitome of the group bursting out of those restrictive boxes. Doom Days opens with 'Quarter Past Midnight', a single that was released over a year ago, but the real tone-setter is the following tune 'Bad Decisions'. This track acts gradually eases you into Bastille's new synth-sound. Its rhythmic variations throughout the verses and chorus create a hook that really is infectious. Frontman, Dan Smith's vocals are exceptional in their crisp, yet distinctly raspy tone, particularly when hitting those high notes. The ambiguous reference to "bad decisions" gives the tune a subtle political undertone, an aspect that made Wild World such a success.
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