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Music Bloggery’s Song of the Week [Version 2]

Finally Music Bloggery is back, and we’re kicking it off with our song of the week! This week we’ve chosen the single ‘Mecca, taken from Wild Beasts’ recent album release, ‘Present Tense. The band originally formed in 2002, under the name Fauve (which means ‘wild beast’ in French – classy lads!). Eventually they were signed on Domino Records which was timed perfectly because following this, they achieved commercial success with their 2011 album ‘Smother. ‘Present Tense’ is their 2014 follow-up album, also received with acclaim (NME giving them 9/10 and Line of Best Fit 10/10!).

‘Mecca’ is a personal favourite – the untamed falsetto of front-man Hayden Thorpe, the timely drums and balanced sounds of the synthesiser work together in harmony to create a truly ethereal track that is genuinely a pleasure to hear. I have no idea whether this was the intention, but I like to think of the progression of the song as symbolic of the journey to Mecca. The chorus provides a culmination of emotion, while the sedate, dulcet tones of the bridge act as a representation of the end of the journey, almost if a feeling of enlightenment is reached (yes, we’re mixing religions here).

The only problem with this song is that it takes a while to get used to. By this I mean that the chorus is catchy but the music is so sedate throughout, that might be hard for someone used to alternative rock to get into. Alongside this single, the band released the music video which is too weird for my liking. The psychedelic video is way out of line with the song itself – I just feel as if it is the music video for another song, not this one.

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