Beloved indie band Bishop Allen struck gold when they landed a spot in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist back in 2008 (not that we didn’t know about them beforehand) with their loud rendition of “Middle Management.” Then came their beloved 2009 release, Grrr…, with nifty hits such as Dimmer, Dirt On Your New Shoes, and Cue The Elephants. After their hot streak, it seemed like they went on an unlikely hiatus that took forever (aside from the soundtrack from the 2011 film, Bully). Finally, they’ve released their leading single from their upcoming album, Lights Out, headed to consumers on August 19th, 2014 on CD/LP/Digital via Dead Oceans.
Start Again begins with a sound much different than the Bishop Allen I grew up listening to. It’s a little more electric, but manages to give us hints of the old Bishop Allen we’re used to. The song’s lyrics clues to something done that can’t be taken back. “Summer, summer and the sun setting later than late. I try to stop you, but you say it isn’t worth the wait. If I could give away the keys to the kingdom, I would. I’m sorry, sorry, but I think you may have misunderstood.”
And its chorus awe-inspiring, “If you want to go alone, if you want to see it through, if you really need to know, I’m telling you.” And if the rhythm doesn’t get you on your feet, I don’t know what will. The mix of a new and old sound from Bishop Allen makes this the must-listen track of the summer. Buy it on iTunes and listen to it.