If the first single Bigger Than Us, from this London based trio is any indication of what the new album is going to sound like, than it doesn’t seem like White Lies are about to endure any kind of sophomore slump what so ever. Although there’s not much of a departure style-wise from their 2009 debut To Lose My Life, the production does sound a lot more robust this time. That would be because of the help of seasoned producer Alan Moulder, who has worked with such artists as Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails in the past, and is behind the control board this go-around. In other words, Moulder is no slouch when it comes to helping bands capture a massive sound. And it can definitely be heard in Bigger Than Us as the chorus itself packs a huge wallop that will remain lodged in your head after just a single listen, guaranteed.
Big things are still to come for this young band whose sound has often been compared to Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen to name a few. Doom and gloom may be the main overtone to White Lies' sound, but there’s also something very uplifting and euphoric about it too.
They may be dark, but their future definitely looks bright.
Ritual is out January 17.