Blur‘s new single, entitled ‘Tender’, set for release in February next year is one of the strongest tracks the band have made in years and is possibly their best single yet.
The first taste of new Blur material since their eponymous fifth album in 1997, ‘Tender’ is a downbeat, almost folky track with an infectious chorus, backed by a gospel choir and acoustic guitar. The tone of the song is similar to late 60s/early 70s ROLLING STONES, reminiscent of ‘Wild Horses’, a languid, strung-out sound.
It’s another fairly radical change of direction for the band, though less unapproachable and more unashamedly chart friendly than much of the material from ‘Blur’.
The as yet untitled album, was recorded this year in London’s Sarm Studios with producer WILLIAM ORBIT. It is expected to be released in March.
See NME dated January 2 (on sale December 30) for release date.
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