There has been talk of a back to basics approach for album, Drones, which sees the trio kick off with their own brilliantly ambitious headline shows. Instead of opening with an in-your-face track, Dead Inside is actually a brooding number. Psycho moves from grinding riffs into howling guitar work and is sure to please those who enjoy a big chorus, while the endearing Mercy is how you would expect Coldplay to sound if they went into heavier territory. For those who enjoy imitating Bellamy's guitar playing, Reapers will surely find favour with some nimble work both in the hook and solo, while The Handler is brutally crushing alt-rock. Defector falls along similar lines while utilising a group vocal style that Queen were so brilliant at, while Revolt blasts power chords before completely changing tempo with a chorus that actually has a great deal of pop to it. No strangers to orchestral sounds, the trio turn to this on Aftermath, a beautiful track before unleashing The Globalist. What has been described as a concept album – the journey of a lost human being recruited and controlled – should probably end at this point, but the finale is a serene a cappella piece. Whilst the narrative is clear, particularly in the first part of the record, there are also times where the emotion is more personal.
Tunes to try
1. Flashlight by Jessie J
2. Don't Look Down by Martin Garrix ft. Usher
3. Firestone by Kygo Ft Conrad Sewell
4. Someone New by Hozier
5. One Last Time by Ariana Grande