SINGLE REVIEW: Bastille – Flaws


You can’t beat a bit of indie synth rock. Currently, none do it better than London-based quartet Bastille. The band’s fantastic musical capability has led to them going from strength to strength in a fairly short space of time.

‘Flaws’ is the band’s latest single and is possibly the best example for showing why they are attracting such attention. With warm swooping melodies and a soaring vocal refrain, the song is crazily catchy and insanely infectious. With every rhythmic uttering of vocalist Dan Smith, you are drawn deeper and deeper into the synthesised sonic landscape the band is creating.

The lyrics are mostly simple – “When all of your flaws and all of my flaws are laid out one by one” – but powerful, and it’s a heartless person indeed who feels nothing as Dan Smith unashamedly announces “There’s a hole in my soul/I can’t fill it, I can’t fill it/There’s a hole in my soul/Can you fill it, can you fill it?” on ‘Flaws’. The same can be said for the music behind it, in the fact that the album is not buried in production. They have created a simple, heartfelt effect from start to finish.

Amy Watson 

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