EP REVIEW: Bastille – Goosebumps

Release Date: December 4th 2020
Label: EMI
Website: www.bastillebastille.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bastilleuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bastilledan

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British quartet Bastille have well and truly made a name for themselves over the course of their first three albums, a trilogy which may have taken eight years to complete but made then one of the most exciting indie rock bands in the charts.

Now, as the band enter the next chapter, they’ve surprise released an EP called ‘Goosebumps’ to showcase what to expect from this next phase.

Opening with the title-track, it doesn’t take long to realise that they’ll be returning with the same catchy chart-friendly hits. The song, which features Kenny Beats, offers up some exciting experimentation as they tip-toe into the nostalgic throwback R&B genre whilst still retaining that recognisable contemporary Bastille sound.

Transitioning into the extremely uplifting beats of ‘Survivin”, a song which could easily be the soundtrack of the past year with lyrics such as “What can I say? / I’m surviving / Crawling out these sheets to see another day” will be extremely relatable to many as the track provides a bit of hope and fun to a time in life that everyone is having to struggle through. The catchy melody, combined with the addition of a saxophone, makes the standout on this five-track offering.

‘What You Gonna Do???’ is a much rockier addition to the record. Featuring Graham Coxon (Blur), this fast, energetic track will no doubt go down an absolute storm once live shows resume.

The final two tracks on offer are re-workings of both ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Survivin”, recorded at their studios as part of the One Eyed Jack Sessions. ‘Goosebumps’ has been transformed into a beautifully delicate love song, and with the original’s high octane instruments stripped, the true meaning of these lyrics really add an extra depth to the song. Whilst the latter’s acoustic re-working does a complete transition from an anthemic crowd pleaser to much darker and heartbreakingly slow rendition. The one takeaway from both of these tracks is how much it highlights just how incredible frontman Dan Smith‘s vocals are, and are possibly the best they’ve ever sounded.

As a short and sweet introduction to what expect from the future of Bastille, this ‘Goosebumps’ EP is just enough to keep fans happy. It showcases a tip-toe into new territory, but also tracks which are instantly recognisable with each one being just as good as the last.