Almost every new BASTILLE studio track that I hear excites me. 'Sleepsong' is no exception. It's the b-side to the band's debut release on their new label, Virgin Records, who they signed to in December. I still remember finding the BASTILLE's demos on Soundcloud and being utterly entranced by their melodramatic synth-tinged-pop. Perhaps you'll feel the same about 'Sleepsong', which you can listen to below, along with the flipside, 'Overjoyed'.
You may recall that 'Overjoyed' appeared on the 'Laura Palmer' EP late last year, which followed the brilliant debut single 'Flaws'/'Icarus'. Well, 'Overjoyed' has been granted its own promotion, which is arguably appropriate considering its striking, sweeping melodrama. But for me, 'Sleepsong' is like a new toy. And I'm obsessed with its soaring sentiment. Even the fancy pants production works brilliantly.
Having tipped Dan Smith and co in our ones to watch for 2012, it's quite bizarre reading YouTube comments about how underrated BASTILLE are and how people are dreading their potential fame. With the new record deal under their belts and a headline gig at The Scala to look forward to, I cannot wait to see the band rise and rise. Much like the structure of their music.
'Overjoyed' is out today. Find more info at bastillebastille.com. Download the live version of 'Overjoyed' at This Is Fake DIY.