Premiere: Hear Is Tropical’s New Track ‘Cruise Control’

As the music industry transitions to releasing new music on Fridays as opposed to Tuesdays, we at BlackBook are happy to continue premiering some of our favorite new tunes throughout the week. Four-piece London band IS TROPICAL spent last summer (which seems all-too-far away) recording a series of five 10’ across the world, eventually concluding in their new full length and third album, Black Anything. The new track “Cruise Control,” a part of the second installment of the five-part series, features the polished voice of new full-time member Kirstie Fleck, who also sang on the band’s 2013 track “Dancing Anymore.” The song’s thriving beat and lackadaisical, sing-along melody quickly won us over, summoning imagery of a cross-country road trip or, some other form of adventure.

About the new track, the band told us the following:

“The song is about the way we perceive time and in particular how being close to someone in any way usually requires we get into ‘sync’ with them.. Sometimes, something happens which can distort this shared perspective; after a long time apart, it’s normal to feel you’ve lost a familiar rhythm with someone, a pattern of activity or specific words you used familiarly. Having your perspective changed by new people and places is usually a positive experience, though, and the song is about wanting to get back to that; to take refuge in noticing and exaggerating these moments when they do come around.

There is a pleasure in that communal feeling, like stray dogs that sleep happily together or the disconnected sadness of watching someone through a window or a screen. It’s about us as a band also, and a spell of protection for us and many other gangs of people similarly (and precariously) linked, and an invitation for us to continue on, out of step, until we meet again.”

Black Anything isn’t about making songs that sound like the music from the continent in which they were recorded. Whilst in Europe, we didn’t want to recreate a Euro sound (whatever that is), it’s not about that. It’s about absorbing the surrounding environment to allow ideas to develop into something that would be unachievable in a traditional studio setup. The new songs are the most ‘IS TROPICAL’ we’ve ever made. IS TROPICAL has no home, we belong nowhere in particular and everywhere at the same time and we love it that way.”

Check out the track below, and more about IS TROPICAL here.

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