Popular Music through the ages has, generally, been a young person’s game. You hear it every time a manufactured pop hit is rolled out to the masses of teenagers listening to BBC Radio 1. Performed by – but not necessarily written by – young people, for young people, this kind of music has become all too predictable. In this climate of chasing after the next young thing, longevity for bands is rare these days. Lasting long beyond your teenage years and twenties is now viewed as a liability, not a positive selling point. However, there have been plenty examples in history of artists who have bucked the trend, managing to stay relevant beyond their younger years, like the late David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. While Little Comets have some way to go in age, their new single ‘Common Things’ point to them continuing to be a force in British music for many years to come.
Little Comets have grown up a lot from their single ‘Adultery’ in 2009. Now family men with children, there’s no denying that their home lives differ greatly from the average Radio 1 artist who’s out late partying after a show. On their second album ‘Life is Elsewhere’ released in 2012, there’s a track on there called ‘Waiting in the Shadows in the Dead of Night’, a simply beautiful song that is lyrically very personal to lead singer Rob Coles. He explained on the band’s blog way back then that the track was all about “exploring a relationship with loss – me and my partner will one day have to part in very final terms.”
In a similar way, ‘Common Things’ explores pedantic domestic life, specifically the things he loves in his relationship with his wife. The single is a declaration that when you’re with the right person, someone who loves and respects you, and it feels just right, you don’t need anything else. At the start of the song, Coles reminisces on a night of snogging in the West Midlands, long before their relationship became permanent. He rattles off a list of places to go and supposedly exciting things to see, yet they find they can “get our kicks from the frantic / little movements of feet”, the simplest of acts of fondness and love they have for their kids.
Sonically, you feel the joyful syncopation of Little Comets’ history past on this single, but also the embrace of more pop and electronic effects favoured by those previously mentioned Radio 1 acts. Rob Coles’ Geordie voice has always had a subversive edge to it, but ‘Common Things’ sounds like the most hip hop-iest moment of their band yet. Never willing to follow the trends or sacrifice their artistic leanings to make music to fit a certain mould, this taster of upcoming album ‘WORHEAD’ is a strong indicator that Little Comets are continuing to make the kind of music and convey the emotions they want to.
‘Common Things’ is available now from The Smallest Label. ‘WORHEAD’, the newest and fourth album from North East band Little Comets, will be released on the 3rd of February on The Smallest Label. ‘Common Things’, which will appear on ‘WORHEAD’, will be released as a single on the 10th of March. You can read through our pretty massive archive of posts on Little Comets through this link.
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