MUSIC REVIEW - Fusion of sounds both Asian and modern

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First, a word of advice about So Long, See You Tomorrow, the new album by London-based indie band Bombay Bicycle Club (BBC).

It may take two, possibly three plays for its mix of Asian and UK sounds to register on your musical antenna.

Bombay Bicycle Club.  PPP-140503-120908001

Bombay Bicycle Club. PPP-140503-120908001

But once they do, BBC (as they like to be known) may become a rhythm hard to put down.

Fronted by Jack Steadman and backed by Jamie MacColl, Ed Nash and Suren de Saram, So Long, See You Tommorow, BBC’s fourth album in five years, is not exactly A.R. Rahman’s soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

But the Bollywood-style sounds are most notable on the tracks Luna, Feel and Come To, thanks to the production skills of Mark Rankin, Dougal Lott and Josh Green.

The best thing about the album is that after a so-so start with Overdone, BBC hit their stride with a run of potential hits such as Home by Now, Whenever, Wherever and Eyes Off You.

Noddy Holder, lead singer of 1970s glam rock legends Slade, once said: “On every album, there will always be one song that’s a bit of a downer.”

You may struggle to find one on So Long, See You Tomorrow.

Winston Brown