With their bigger and better second album, London-based indie/dance band Boxed In have earned their breakout moment
Biffy Clyro - ‘Black Chandelier’
A proper single to get us excited about next year’s album ‘Opposites’
‘Black Chandelier’ is one of their most understated songs ever, but off-kilter enough to still be Biffy. There’s something of the trio’s early-days college rock about it, a low-slung sequel to ‘27’ with some California shimmer wafting through. Those months holed up in Santa Monica have clearly left an impression. Lyrically, it seeps with quiet emotional anguish – animated by the imagery that is Simon Neil’s trademark (“you left my heart like an abandoned car”).
The results are blissful and unsettling. It lulls you into a false sense of peace, until you realise a couple of minutes later that you can’t get the bloody thing out of your head. January’s double album will be a rollercoaster thrill ride. This is the gentle build up before the loop da loop. Biffy Clyro are back, bolder and braver than ever. Again.
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