You could be forgiven for forgetting what happened in 2010. The pace of changing tastes is one that anyone can get lost in and as such, we forget. Just to jog your memory, 2010 was the last time we heard new material from Foals and Arcade Fire and saw the last LCD Soundsystem record released. It also saw one of the best new bands in a long time emerge. Everything Everything were a refreshing take on the ever increasing amount of electronic indie that was breaking through. Their sound was percussive and blended intelligent lyrics with intricate and at times, difficult to follow melodies. To this day, it’s almost impossible to recite My Kz Yr Bf without slipping up. “Man Alive” was a triumph but one they probably toured just that little bit too much.
So then, it’s good to have the Manchester band back with new material. Cough Cough makes use of all the key elements that made Man Alive enjoyable. It’s got a beat you can dance to whilst in no way being simplistic. It’s got quick lyrics but still allows for a bit of a singalong; “I’m coming alive, I’m happening now” goes the hook. It’s got a synth line that pulses in and out with an almost prog feel but it doesn’t feel offensive.
Everything you liked about the first record is still here, yet now it sounds that tiny bit more grown up. Of course, from one song, it’s impossible to suggest that they’ve abandoned the soft touch and songs about other people’s girlfriends, but if the lead single’s anything to go by, it looks like there could be a huge record on the way.