Retains the moodiness of their debut album, but amps it up to 11.
Opening with singer Georgia Nott’s vocals – noticeably fiercer than on the previous album – and the lyric “I’d lose everything / So I can sing / Hallelujah I’m free / I’m free, I’m free / I’m free, I’m free”, the music kicks just as hard, with a clap like the cracking of a whip to kick it off. From this start it’s evident that the duo are moving away from the slightly ethereal, softer sound that permeated their debut, but retaining the moodiness. Comparisons to Scottish-electro trio CHVRCHES’ sophomore work may be forthcoming. The same defiant attitude that’s to be found on ‘Free’ was present on ‘Leave A Trace’, and Lauren Mayberry’s vocals had also strengthened. These comparisons are no bad thing, and the track distinguishes itself through the intoxicating, body-moving production of brother Caleb.
‘Free’ is out now via Polydor Records.