4 Things We're Excited About Bastille's Newest Album
Wild World is out and you should be listening to it
After only three months since they released the intriguing—yet somewhat ominous—trailer for Wild World, the UK indie pop band has released their second album. If you haven’t given it a spin on Spotify, we highly advise you do. It is a good album and if you need convincing, here are a few exciting things that should get you good and hyped.
1. If Bad Blood is about the past, Wild World is about the present.
Bad Blood has biblical and mythological themes and a sense of epic-ness easily evoked by frontman Dan Smith’s signature belting. Wild World is sonically more of the same grandiose chorus-drums-belting but somehow manages to talk about feeling isolated in the world today. The references this time around are from cult classic movies and world news. We get to see a more personal side of Smith through his songwriting. In Wild World he openly speaks of insecurities, somehow despite the band’s breakout success with their first album. And he manages to do this while making every song an epic sing-your-heart-out anthem.
2. You wanted Pompeii? They’re all as good as Pompeii.
Bastille has had a number of hit songs including Things We Lost in the Fire and Laura Palmer, but let’s be honest: We all know them as the Pompeii band. It’s been three years since the song was released but you still occasionally hear the iconic “eh eo eo, eh eo eo!” blaring from random stereos. We’re not complaining; it’s their catchiest song. And with Wild World, we wanted more and bigger Pompeiis. Boy, did Bastille deliver. Almost every song in Wild World has stadium sing-a-long potential and the band has added more of the same bold choruses and EDM, making each song just impossible to get out of your head.
3. They’ve really experimented with this one.
Speaking of adding new things, one of the main criticisms of Bad Blood is that the songs had a somewhat homogenous sound when listened to in succession. You can’t really blame them. The album was mainly just Dan Smith’s lyrical garage experiments blowing up in the pop music scene. Now that they are a household name in homes that contain at least one millennial, they have access to more production and they’ve put it to good use. We’re hearing more synth. Several of the songs feature sampling from movies. Bastille now has a wider range of influences and the album is unpredictable: the chorus-backed anthem Glory is followed by guitar-heavy Power then a bare acoustic ballad in Two Evils. All in all, it feels like a fuller, more varied album while still maintaining a Bastille-type chorus in every song.
4. It is better than Bad Blood.
If you liked Bad Blood—even if you only liked a song or two—the growth of the band is apparent in this album. The songwriting is on point, the music is as catchy as ever and the band has outdone themselves with the arrangement. But you don’t have to take our word for it. After all, there is only so much talking about music that we can do. You’re good and hyped, interested and itching to sound trip so it’s time you gave Wild World a listen for yourself.