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Reviewed on 15th November 2009.

 
 

Lies

By Black Soul Strangers

London-based Irish quarter Black Soul Strangers' new single, 'Lies' is a quirky indie-rock thump driven by piston-like drumming.

The quirky drum line and ramshackle guitars are pulled into a coherent whole by the poppy thrust of Barry Gorey's vocals. 'Lies's indie-rock clunk is further funked-up with hand-clap sound effects and subtly choir-like backing vocals that buzz randomly through the bone-juddering beats. Like all the best indie songs, it jerks and bucks and generally works itself up into a chorus where the band take it up a notch. It isn't quite anthemic indie, but it's an urgent, pop-infused headrush that's all the more electrifying because of the long build up.

There's something uniquely depressing about average, uninspiring indie. Thankfully, Black Soul Strangers breathe new life into an over-saturated genre. One of the better indie songs from an up-and-coming band, you'll hear this year.

 

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