bloc party

What the hell is up with Bloc Party? After Flux (which I rather liked) came out late last year, I figured that they’d be moving in a more electronic direction in the near future. Little did I know how prophetic that was. Out comes the new single last week, Mercury. I’ve spent a few days trying to digest it, and I just can’t figure out whether I can stomach it or flat-out hate it. With a chorus consisting solely of the phrase “My mercury’s in retrograde” looped over and over, I’m left weirded out. I don’t hear a single guitar, just (presumably synthesized) horns and a cacophony of drumbeats. Perhaps I’m just baffled at how different this is from what I expect from them, but I guess we’ll see where they’re going with this in the coming months. I’m wondering if their set at VFest is going to be considerably different from the last time I saw them.

Bloc Party – Mercury

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— , July 21, 2008    4 Comments
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what’s with this song? i can’t figure it out either, it’s definitely not the bloc party i love, but i don’t hate it. it’s kind of impressive, the horns and sound effects are somewhat scary. i’d say it sounds like bloc party are turning into tv on the radio. an interesting development that’s for sure.

most definitely worth more than one listen!

Daniel, July 22, 2008

why can’t i stop listening to this song? the drill going into my right ear makes me turn around everytime.

Daniel, July 23, 2008

I can’t decide whether I like this either, but I like it much better than A Weekend In The City… what a disappointing album that was.

— BriD, July 28, 2008

I think this is what they were trying to make with “The Prayer,” but that song fell short of their goal. So now they’re making exactly what they want to make, I just don’t know if I’m on board yet. Can’t wait to hear the album and find out.

Daniel, July 28, 2008