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Friendly Fires – Infloresent //Polydor// (Released 16th August)

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£22.99 – Indies Only Purple Coloured Vinyl LP

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Having spent the last year reminding everyone exactly why they’re one of the UK’s best loved bands via a series of jubilant, celebratory live shows and a duo of singles (‘Love Like Waves’ and ‘Heaven Let Me In’, Friendly Fires end months of speculation with the announcement of their long-waited third album.

Arriving eight years after their last album, Inflorescent is the sound of a band rejuvenated and reborn. The hiatus had left some to question whether we’d ever see another full length Friendly Fires record but once the three band members – Ed Macfarlane, Edd Gibson and Jack Savidge, friends since the age of eleven – reconvened in Macfarlane’s parents’ St Albans garage (the scene of much of their early recorded output) at the tail end of 2017, things were never really in doubt.  Arriving with just three scrawled words (“Love. Like. Waves”) as a starting point, they soon emerged with a finished song as fresh and vital as anything they’d done before.

Alongside producers / co-producers Mark Ralph, James Ford and Disclosure, Friendly Fires have spent the last eighteen months making a record in a variety of London studios that stands tall among their previous albums; the Brit Awards and Mercury Prize-nominated Friendly Fires (2008) and its acclaimed follow up, Pala (2011). In fact, it may well go down as their best yet. If their previous records summoned a feeling of yearning and hazy escapism, Inflorescent is much more direct, in part inspired – lyrically at least – by reconnecting with the hardcore records they’d bonded over as teenagers. Equally informed by experiencing the here and now, by hanging out and dancing in clubs together as a trio again, it’s a record very much about living in the present; about not being afraid, seizing the moment, casting aside doubts and pursuing the things you love.

Tracklisting:

A1. Can’t Wait Forever

A2. Heaven Let Me In

A3. Silhouettes

A4. Offline

A5. Sleeptalking

A6. Kiss And Rewind

B1. Love Like Waves

B2. Lack Of Love

B3. Cry Wolf

B4. Almost Midnight

B5. Run The Wild Flowers

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Indies Only Purple Coloured Vinyl LP, Standard LP