The lead single from Everything Everything’s upcoming album Get To Heaven, “Distant Past” offers a tantalising insight into the band’s new direction.
Opening with a guitar riff reminiscent of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western soundtracks, before lead-singer Jonathan Higgs enters with his characteristic, and sharply executed, fast paced falsetto semi-rap, the track is immediately engaging. The band have frequently been compared to Radiohead, and once again, in a positive way, the interaction between vocals and percussion is a little like that seen in In Rainbows’ “15 Step”.
Although the single begins brightly, the chorus and later sections never quite live up to its full potential, somewhat lacking the ‘gravitas’ of the aforementioned “15 Step”. Everything Everything’s second album Arc saw the band begin to experiment with samples and synthesisers, with an interesting if less consistent result than the band’s excellent debut Man Alive. This use of sampling continues in this track and with a greater sense of maturity. However, it still feels a little weak at points.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the album fares after this.