Kasabian are a band that continually get better in my eyes. Or they would do if we all ignored that Empire had happened. Switchblade Smile is the first taste of their upcoming album Velociraptor! (but I suppose a lot more has been heard when this finally posts), and its far closer to their earlier material than most of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
Similar to LSF in its electronic basis, it combines both Pizzorno and Meighan’s vocal in sinister harmonies that only tend to be heard in Kasabian tracks. Stepping away from the psychadelia that their previous album was steeped in, the key to Switchblade Smile is the thundering drums that add much more depth to track, alongside the typical rock ‘indie’ guitars and the chant-like harmonies.
But, in my personal opinion, the best thing about this track is it’s distinct lack of sing-along chorus. Stepping away from they typical chart format that came with Empire, Shoot The Runner and Fire, Switchblade Smile is refreshing. It presents a developed hark back to their early material, it’s ‘indie’ that is not only danceable, but takes their sound circa 2004 and managed to make it still sound fresh and interesting.
Listen to the track below: