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25th August 2008

Don’t miss this Bloc Party

Posted by: Kitten Power

bloc-party.jpgLate last week Bloc Party released their new LP Intimacy online, after keeping the recording a secret (apparently only 10 people knew about the plan).  They announced its web release just three days before it was available. 

I’ve finally had a chance to download and listen - and I love it.  It continues down the slightly experimental electronica road the band has been taking, but does not travel too far away from the essence of Bloc Party.

Singer Kele Okereke says the album is about a relationship he had.

He tells Rolling Stone “I went through a breakup at the end of last year and I guess that’s what the record’s about really. I couldn’t help thinking about it or talking about it or writing about it. I wouldn’t want anyone to think it’s the clichéd breakup record but I haven’t written about true, personal experiences all that much in the past.”

Okereke is very guarded about his personal life and it is unclear whether he is gay or bisexual, but he has made it clear that he likes men.  The beautiful song I Still Remember from second album A Weekend In The City looks at one schoolboy’s crush on another.

I Still Remember’s kind of dreamy looking back on happy times tone is comparable with my favourite track from the new release, Ion Square.  Ion Square is about a good phase in a relationship, when all you want to do is stay home with the person you’re crazy about, with the lyrics: “So let’s stay in, let the sofa be our car, let’s stay in, let the TV be our stars, I found my dancing shoes but they don’t fit, all the bright lights do is bore me, they bore me”.

Have a listen:

Intimacy can be downloaded from  It’s about NZ$10 for the download, or NZ$21 for the download plus a pre-order of the CD (which is due out in October)

Tags: General · Music

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 indiekid // Aug 28, 2008 at 1:24 am

    met their manager earlier this year and he was a really nice guy, he used to be in UK 90’s act Menswear; recommended an awesome book called Kill Your Friends; seek it out!! Many people I know don’t rate bloc party but I really loved A Weekend in the City, and the Burial remix is so damn good. Will check out the new album for sure!! wicked

  • 2 Kitten Power // Aug 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the tip - I will look for the book. Always keen for a new read. Cheers indiekid!

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