Ten days ago, Phoenix released their new single, “Entertainment.” It’s been nearly four years since their last release, which came in the form of a full-length album titled Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The 2009 album not only brought them their first Grammy award and Gold record, but launched the band into appearances on the late night circuit and major festivals worldwide. Their singles were heard everywhere from video games to TV commercials and basically wherever speakers existed. The hype has been growing for the past couple years as Phoenix has been somewhat secretive about work on a new project, with the exception of a few hints and interviews during the recording process. On February 18, they broke the silence by releasing one of the most highly anticipated recordings in alternative pop history.
“Entertainment” is the first song of ten on the new album, now available for pre-order. It was originally a statement made by Daniel Glass last year that spurred the anticipation of Bankrupt!, when he said that it “could be revolutionary.” So far, we have heard complete originality from Phoenix in 2013 with their first single. ”Entertainment” seems to describe the pressures of the industry and pop culture.
Show them what you do with me
When everyone here knows better
What I once refused to be
Is everything they long together
I’d rather be alone
With a hook reminiscent of something out of Chinese culture, 80′s-esque synth lines, and a driving groove that dissipates in the chorus, the new single is an excellent taste of something new. They lyrics follow suit, as the band critiques entertainment from a personal perspective, which is somewhat ironic considering the popular culture into which the song will be inserted. However, Phoenix has done their best to remain true to themselves, and I for one am in major anticipation of the new record due on April 23, 2013.
Phoenix have announced a North American tour leading up to their appearance at Coachella. For their full list of tour dates, click here. Stay updated with the latest news by following them on their Journal or on Facebook.
By Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC