Biffy Clyro - ‘Black Chandelier’

A proper single to get us excited about next year’s album ‘Opposites’

Andy Willsher
Photo: Andy Willsher
Here’s a new word for the Biffyverse: svelte. After all that fun with bagpipes in this year’s ‘Stingin’ Belle’, their impression of a grown-up rock band rather than the charming chancers they once were is now so compelling, they’ve actually written 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.

Dan Martin

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