Jungle have returned with brand new material. ‘Happy Man’ and ‘House In LA’ mark the first new music from the band since 2014’s self-titled debut album, and give two strong tasters of a forthcoming second record.
The group – led Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson – have also shared two new videos to match the songs. They will be released as a double A-side single on June 22 via XL Recordings.
The first single, ‘Happy Man’ dabbles in themes of materialism, atop a recognisable style of groove-pop, J and T singing of buying cars, houses, and dreams, and concluding “it won’t mean nothing”
‘House In LA’, meanwhile, will be familiar to eagle-eyed fans: J and T previously aired the newbie live at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Accompanied by a cinematic, light-flare filled video, ‘House in LA’ is a psyched-out curveball, showing Jungle in a more minimal, less percussive light.
Both tracks are taken from Jungle’s second album. According to the band, it sounds like “a post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs.”
Written in the Hollywood Hills after J and T left behind London’s Shepherd’s Bush to live Stateside, the record apparently explores The California Dream, and the subsequent fall-out as the duo felt disenfranchised by their American adventure. Jungle later returned to London, where they recorded their second record.
Back in 2015, Jungle claimed that they would turn down the chance to travel abroad when recording their second album. “We like the idea of going home, going back to the bedroom and starting again with it, rather than flying off to LA or New York,” they said. It seems that three years later, the band have had a rethink on that front.
Jungle previously revealed that they’re interested in collaborating with Noel Gallagher. “Of course we’d be interested in working with Noel,” the band’s Josh Lloyd-Watson told Loaded. “We’d love to get in a room with someone who’s achieved so much.” Gallagher, meanwhile, is a fan of the band, and previously described their self-titled album as “fucking amazing.”