Originally appeared on FanSided Entertainment
LCD Soundsystem has been off the radar since their disbandment in 2011. But they’ve been active lately, starting with an original Christmas song in 2015. Yes, that does mean these new songs technically aren’t the band’s first since 2010. But everyone releases Christmas music these days. It doesn’t count.
Anyway, in 2016 the band reunited and headlined Coachella. They also headlined Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo, performing their first concerts since 2011.
Today, they released two new songs, “Call the Police” and “American Dream,” are performing on Saturday Night Live tomorrow, and are releasing a new album sometime this year.
Despite the song titles and the current state of the country, neither song is politically charged.
“Call the Police”
Although it’s not politically charged, “Call the Police” does briefly touch upon the political tension in America today.
Well, there’s a full-blown rebellion but you’re easy to confuse. By triggered kids and fakers and some questionable views. Oh, call the cops, call the preachers! Before they let us and they lose. When oh, we all start arguing the history of the Jews, You got nothing left to lose. Gives me the blues.
Despite the message, the song has an energetic, danceable vibe, which isn’t all that surprising. The music itself is reminiscent of Modern English or New Order in their prime, especially the guitar riffs. James Murphy’s vocals in this song have an anthemic, arena rock feel to them. The two vastly different genre influences should clash, but they don’t and instead result in a well-written, ambitious production.
“American Dream” is the epitome of what LCD Soundsystem is known for and what the band does best. It makes you sad. It makes you yearn for a time in your life that you miss or a person that you’re never getting back, even if you can’t directly relate. Like “Someone Great” or “All My Friends,” two of the band’s best songs, there’s something in “American Dream” that will make you look back on better days.
You can hear the emotion seeping out of Murphy’s distant, trance-like voice, and over the sobering, almost depressing synths and mesmerizing rhythm, this becomes a captivating track that is sure to stir up some kind of longing emotions in the listener.
If the rest of LCD Soundsystem’s new album is anything like these songs, we may have another Sound of Silver on our hands.
Catch LCD Soundsystem perform “Call the Police and “American Dream” tomorrow night on Saturday Night Live.