Well, well, well. It turns out Paper Crows' new single sounds almost nothing like the old atmospheric Paper Crows recorded material. But having mentioned their "club beats" after seeing them live almost a year ago, perhaps it's surprisingly unsurprisingly that 'When Friends Survive' is almost Paper Crows gone europop.
There's little evidence of the Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes and/or Portishead influences that I mentioned in the past - although the beats on 'When Friends Survive' have some hints of the latter band. But honestly, someone like Sash seems a more appropriate reference.
I guess it's a particularly appropriate single considering the band are currently supporting purveyors of electro-pop, Fenech-Soler on tour across the UK. 'When Friends Survive' is also the first single on (dance DJ) Pete Tong's resurrected label, FFRR - it's a bit trancey, and a lot good. Listen for yourself below.
STREAM: When Friends Survive by Paper Crows
'When Friends Survive' is available on iTunes now, and will be out on vinyl in November. For more on Paper Crows, head to their official website.