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Editors’ Notes

On its third album, Bombay Bicycle Club fashions a sound expansive enough to encompass introspective folk, ambient pop, and even a hint of ‘80s new wave. Under the production guidance of Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), the North London foursome retains the whimsical charm of its earlier work while increasing the rhythmic drive and textural variety. BBC’s eclecticism finds unity in Jack Steadman’s softly insistent vocals, a natural outlet for the band’s impressionistic lyrics. If Fix’s song themes tend to be elusive, the tracks here are often insidiously catchy. Tunes like “Shuffle” (built around a stuttering piano and spring-loaded beat), “Your Eyes” (as lean and propulsive as vintage post-punk), and “What You Want” (boasting an insistent drum hook) are effortlessly ear-grabbing. Veering into more atmospheric regions are pastel-toned numbers like “Fracture” and “Favorite Day” (the latter tinged with a genteel psychedelia). Chorale vocals and a simmering groove lend “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” a hypnotic power.

Customer Reviews

A Different Kind of Talent

Bombay have again changed their sound agin but it's still incredible; songs for every occasion. Those who have brought their albums but haven't ever seen them live go do, because they are just as amazing in the flesh. This album needs to get to number 1.

Timeless

They've come along way from The Boy I Used To Be, and the amazing thing about this band is they write music for where they are.

Amazing

Waited all night to download this album and post a review first, this album is truly fantastic, they're just as good live and I can't wait to see them in October , so glad they plugged the electric guitar back in. Incredible!!!!!

Biography

Formed: 2005 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A melodic, guitar-driven indie rock outfit from North London, Bombay Bicycle Club comprise frontman Jack Steadman, guitarist Jamie MacColl, drummer Suren de Saram, and bassist Ed Nash. Steadman, MacColl, and Saram — who at the time were all students at University College School (attending at the same time as members of Cajun Dance Party), and not one of them over the age of 15 — formed the group in Crouch End in 2005, initially calling themselves the Canals. They adopted different names...
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