British Sea Power “Zeus”

By One Track Mind on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010  |  4,453 views

Indie Rock

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“What’s your maximum?”

That’s what British Sea Power vocalist Yan wants to know on “Zeus,” the title track from the British band’s recent mini-album (itself a teaser of sorts for their next full-length, Valhalla Dancehall, due out 1/11/11 on Rough Trade). It’s an appropriate question for a song seemingly unbridled by normative rock song behaviors. While the energy level on “Zeus” remains strapped in at a zippy clip, its texture and color undergoes many fluid, deftly executed changes.

There are moments of near punkish exuberance with shouted group refrains slickly segueing into spacious post-rock tundras and then back again into something entirely different. British Sea Power does it all without batting an eye, proving why they’ve become such critical darlings over the course four LPs dating back to 2003’s The Decline of British Sea Power.

“Zeus” would be an incredible challenge for most acts, but for British Sea Power, it’s just what they do: four and a half minutes of spellbinding songwriting that doesn’t care a whit about the boring trap of expectations.

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Rate It Here:  My ears, they bleed!Never againMehNot my thangOne listen is enoughGood, not greatWorth a listenPlaylist-worthyThis my jam!Songasm!!! (26 votes, average: 8.00 out of 10)

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