The Maccabees - Given to the Wild

The Maccabees - Brighton-based indie band's self-described "cinematic" dreamscape of a third album is already getting the Brit critics buzzing: "stunning" gushes The Sun, "majestic and sublime"...Said to be influenced by the disparate likes of Kate Bush, The Stone Roses and David Bowie, the new project, says the band, is "the first time what we really wanted to sound like on record"...Tim Goldsworthy and Bruno Ellingham (Massive Attack, LCD Soundsystem) produced // Release: Given to the Wild (January 9, UK; US: TBA) // Sounds like: mature, thoughtful and expansive, with elements of progressive art/rock, Wild moves easily from epic, arena-sized riffs to the most subtle and intimate moments..."We're all getting older", sings Orlando Weeks in lead single "Pelican" -- and apt line in an album that's all about a more cohesive approach, comfortable in its soul-bearing, poignancy and subtleties... 

Quote: "It's definitely an ambitious album. With the last record, while we were writing it, we'd look to play a few songs to people, just sort of gauge it. And with this one we didn't do that, we just ploughed through and concentrated on it, but with enough of a view to how it would translate." -- Guitarist Felix White // What we like: Lead single "Pelican" is a twitchy, breathlessly off-beat rocker with some killer harmonies and a melody that seems like one long, extended razor sharp hook..."Feel to Follow" jumps from a staggered beat into a lovely, off-kilter chord progression, layered harmonies and a jangle of skittering guitar lines...opening track "Child" exemplifies the album's unpredictable and evolving sound, shifting from nocturnal quiet and chiming notes to a frenetic finish...

The Maccabees - "Feel to Follow" (from Given to the Wild)

The Maccabees - "Pelican" (from Given to the Wild)