Somehow over the years, we have grown to expect sophomore slumps. Between label pressures, promotional tour schedules, deadlines, media hype, and success itself, the magic of the first album is often lost during the process of the followup. Fearing this slide, London’s White Lies consciously put recording on the back-burner as they toured the world for their highly acclaimed debut, To Lose My Life…. After spending two years on the road with acts like Kings of Leon, Friendly Fires, Coldplay, and Florence and the Machine, not-to-mention taking home Q magazine’s Best New Artist award, the trio are finally ready to unveil details about their 2011 release.
According to bassist Charles Cave, the unexpected success of their debut album has given the band a bit more room for experimentation on their new album. Is this beginning to sound reminiscent of another recent sophomore folly? However, even if White Lies don’t seemed concerned about breaking further into the mainstream, the as-of-yet to be titled album is coming with one major asset: Alan Moulder. Moulder, one of the best producers of this or any generation, has worked with artists ranging from The Jesus and Mary Chain to How to Destroy Angels.
Aside from a January 17th release date, little is known about the album’s “official” details. That said, thanks to a string of recent live performances, including an appearance at V Festival, expect the tracks “Holy Ghost”, “The Power And The Glory”,”Bigger Than Us”, “Is Love?”,”Streetlights”, and “Come Down” to appear on the release. You can find live videos for two of the aforementioned songs below.
“Bigger Than Us”