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Bombay Bicycle Club reinvent themselves once again

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A few trips around Asia and Europe influence the new sound of the North Londoners

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Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow 8/10

Released on 3rd February 2014 via Island Records

Despite still being in their early twenties, Bombay Bicycle Club are releasing their fourth studio album in five years
So Long, See You Tomorrow. Since the indie vibes of 2009’s debut
I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, and having experienced folk in
Flaws and dance rock in
A Different Kind Of Fix, the prolific North London four-piece have once again reinvented themselves. It is hard to confine
So Long, See You Tomorrow  in only a genre though as it reflects the diverse cultures and sounds that have influenced singer and front man Jack Steadman during his travels around Europe and Asia. A trip to The Netherlands started his writing process where the 70’s progressive rock of bands like Traffic inspired
Carry Me and
It’s Alright Now. A sample from a Bollywood song is used in the psychedelic
Overdone, however India
is also responsible for songs such as
Come To and especially
Feel which transports the listener in front of a belly dance or a snake charming show. Turkey and Japan completed the singer’s adventures before the band returned to their studio where they produced themselves the record with help from Mark Rankin (Queens Of The Stone Age, Aluna George) to mix the album. Named after a book from William Maxwell,
So Long, See You Tomorrow alternates vibrant rhythms filled of drums and other percussion instruments like the marimba with soft and dreamy melodies accompanied only by the piano, resulting in a sound similar to Yeasayer and Vampire Weekend. There is romanticism especially in the collaborations with the familiar Lucy Rose and the newcomer Rae Morris whose charming vocals blend harmoniously with Steadman’s voice in the standout
Luna. Overall,
So Long, See You Tomorrow is an eclectic and colorful collection of exotic and unpredictable songs that make the creative album fresh and interesting.