Currently shaking the foundations of assorted venues throughout the U.K. with building-sized basslines, Pendulum are three brothers with different mothers responsible for a slightly twisted take on drum-n-bass. 'Granite' is the lead single from soon-to-be-released album 'Ear Storm', the follow up to 2005's 'Follow Your Colour' which won numerous critical plaudits as well as selling a bucket load of copies.
Starting with a smorgasbord of synthesised squelches and bloops, 'Granite' then builds into an electronic crescendo before careering into bass-heavy break-beat territory with a synthesised refrain. A quite sinister vocal pattern emerges as well, however this is buried quite lowly in the mix. The chorus of the song has a more melodic slant than you would expect from the furious opening of the song, and is probably more of a commercial concession than Pendulum's usual output. 'Granite' climaxes in quite the same way as it begun, a furious beat pattern giving way to a vocal fade-out.
Recently lauded for their incorporation of musicians into their live performances, 'Granite' demonstrates a similar level of ambition by showcasing a variety of instrumentation, ideas and song-structures. Although maybe not as ground-breaking as their earlier work on 'Follow Your Colour', 'Granite' is still the sound of an outfit that have a vibrant swagger in their step.