Clean Bandit’s ‘Extraordinary’ New Song
Clean Bandit have reached amazing success in the past few months. With the massive success of their chart hit ‘Rather Be’ (featuring Jess Glynne) and their inclusion on the bill of some major summer festivals, things are going extraordinarily well for the British electronic group.
In this case, the title of their new song, ‘Extraordinary’, is very appropriate. Their previous single, ‘Rather Be’, reached the number 1 spot in the UK charts and broke the Spotify record for the most streams in a single week, a record previously held by Daft Punk. Considering this, alongside their appearance on the Radio 1 Live Lounge, their names on the line-ups of UK festivals such as Reading & Leeds and T in the Park, and the vast amount of views they have on YouTube, their new song was definitely something that many were looking forward to.
The song itself features vocals from Sharna Bass, who adds a smooth but passionate drive to the song. It sounds like something that should be, or even may be a summer hit, with deeply-driving bass lines and energetic beats whilst still retaining a bubbly and cheerful layer of depth. One thing that has always made Clean Bandit unique in the way they produce their music is the way in which they allow classical elements to influence their work. Since they started from a string quartet in Cambridge University, this is completely understandable and gives them a distinctive edge. This complements both the energy and the power of the song well, as it always has in their singles. It’s a song about hopes and possibilities, and this reflects in the construction of the song.
The video is equally energetic and cheerful, featuring summery scenarios of sunshine. The video is very much like Clean Bandit’s other videos because of the unusual attributes, including unusual shots of string instruments being played in strange locations, sweeping landscape shots of beautiful scenarios, and clips of the various bandmates dancing and enjoying themselves. There’s almost a mystical element to the video because of the sprawling lake, the roaring waterfall and the smooth beach featured. It’s the sort of video that makes you either want to go out and do something active in the sunshine or go sit in a tree somewhere quiet and peaceful; it strikes this balance between smooth reflection and animated fun. It’s a feel-good, lively video which accompanies the song very well.
The band’s debut album, ‘Clear Eyes’ is set to be released on 2 June 2014, which will be very appropriate as a summer album. I sincerely hope it reaches the top spot in the charts, because the music is so unique and powerful and the band deserves it. If this song is the predecessor to the album, then the album promises to be momentous, dazzling, and extraordinary.
Words by Joseph Lumber