Bastille change things up yet again with defiant new single ‘survivin’’ — a lyrically vital and sonically intrepid song about the version of ourselves we choose to give away to others.
It follows this summer’s surprise release of the raucous Graham Coxon collaboration ‘WHAT YOU GONNA DO???’.
Frontman Dan Smith hits a new level of directness and honesty as he reflects on anxiety, self-doubt and the sometimes overwhelmingness of modern life. He began work on ‘survivin’’ months before 2020 turned on its head, intending it to be a frank account of the highs and lows of Bastille’s seven years in existence.
Listen to ‘survivin” by Bastille on the Official Fantasy Premier League playlist on Spotify.
“There’d been times when I felt like I’d been in a washing machine and on a conveyor belt at the same time,” he says, “but when people asked me how I was doing, the answer was always the British cliché: ‘Yep, all good, fine.”
The new track is infectiously sparse and packs in pop-cultural references alongside constantly surprising musical moments. From the opening drum loop and rolling baseline, to the sudden ensemble of flutes offset against moments of hard auto-tuned vocals, to the chorus that hits like a “warm enveloping hug from a gang of friends”.
There’s also copious sax courtesy of Bastille’s touring member Rittipo. The band said they “wanted his sax lines to be obnoxiously loud and we wanted them to make people smile.”
The song showcases a new, groove-led sound for Bastille, and along with ‘WHAT YOU GONNA DO???’ is typical of their new expect-the-unexpected sonic identity!