Bloc Party album announced

By | Published on Friday 1 June 2012

Bloc Party

Following a much-discussed reformation last year, Bloc Party have just announced their first album since 2008’s ‘Intimacy’. The band’s debut release via new label Frenchkiss Records and fourth over all to date, the long player will take the self-explanatory title, ‘Four’. Well, it worked for Beyonce.

Produced by Alex Newport, whosepast credits include LPs for Death Cab For Cutie, The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In, it’s set for release on 20 Aug. A detailed blog entry from Bloc vocalist Kele Okereke (as can be read in its entirety here), says: “In the past we have tried to hide the passion with which we perform, tried to obscure it, manipulate it so it didn’t resemble us anymore. We have learnt a lot from those years but we feel with this record we have to move forward, we have to challenge ourselves by not relying on Pro Tools or the invisible grid that seems to be mapping out all of popular music these days. We have to push ourselves to the limit of our abilities or else there is no point in carrying on”.

He continues: “This record is the sound of four people in a room, loving what they do and doing it to the best of their ability. It is the sound that only the four of us could make and I am prouder of it than any record we have ever made”.

It was, of course, once rumoured that Bloc Party were proceeding to make the new LP minus Okereke (and even looking to replace him), such speculation starting when Kele alleged in an NME interview that he’d seen the band walking into a New York studio to record without him. Well, now we know why he said that; it was all a clever ruse to distract us gullible fools from what was really going on, which was that the entire Bloc line-up – Kele included – were at that moment writing ‘Four’ in secret.

Kele touches on this in his statement, saying: “We started making this record in NY in the winter of 2011. We didn’t want to let the world know so we told a lie that got out of hand but it made us laugh in the process, which brought us closer together”.

Anyway, let’s forget about all that… because it’s all very silly. What’s not silly, however, is this very exhilarating LP trailer featuring studio scenes, audio clips and an unfinished lyric about the nature of ‘pain’: