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“These girls fall like dominos”–so goes the refrain to this track from the upcoming debut full-length by The Big Pink (also known as the London duo of Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell). A Brief History of Love will be released on September 22nd and should find the band comfortable among current and former 4AD labelmates such as Atlas Sound and The Cocteau Twins.
However, the most apt comparison to be made to this band’s thick, dazzling sound comes in the form of fellow Brits Kasabian. As with Kasabian, The Big Pink perfectly negotiate the tenuous terrain between slick, marketable grooves and inspired songwriting and production. If anything, “Dominos” almost sounds too cool, is nearly too perfect. (How long before this track winds up neutered as the background music to a fistful of car commercials and movie trailers, I wonder?)
But if sharing “Dominos” with the rest of the world via an endless licensing stream, it’s a price I’m happy to pay, as this track is a veritable crash course in how to write a killer song. Whether it is that massive hook, the juicy drum beats, the swaying synthesizers, the snarling, accented vocals, or–yes!–that brain-crippling rhythm shift and echoing analog note 1:52 in, this is just brilliant all around. It’s a must-hear, enjoyable in that greatest, easiest, most visceral way, and should mark the start of something great for the Big Pink.