Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Phoenix returns with "Entertainment"

Just yesterday, French alt-rockers Phoenix dropped "Entertainment," the new single off the band's first album in four years, and surprise, surprise - it's toe-tapping and unequivocally likable. I sort of equate Phoenix's comfort with layers of glittery synth-rock to Mumford's banjo-laden ballads; they are tried and tested formulas that help car commercials captivate and women sob, respectively - so, the bands have decided not to fix what doesn't seem broken. Although the sound evolution of Phoenix has seen little to no alterations since the Grammy-winning Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix's rhythmic rock, I'll make no apologies for grooving along to the equally hook-filled and bubbly "Entertainment" - which is caked with more of the anthemic potential that skyrocketed the French foursome in the first place.

What do you think of "Entertainment"? I've always rooted for Thomas Mars' smooth chant, and I think the playful percussion and sparkling "Turning Japanese"-reminiscent synth are charismatic enough to fill stadiums again, as well as rack up a number of repeats in my household.

Watch out for Bankrupt! in stores on April 23, and Phoenix on a world tour this spring.

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