Buenos Aires – Record Breaker (Robot Needs Home)
Release date: 14 May 2012
Leicester's best kept secret are back with a new single Record Breaker. Regrettably it's not a cover, but fortunately it is damn good, so we'll let them off. The track features all of the idiosyncrasies we've come to love about Buenos Aires – the split personality songwriting, the jaunty guitars that start stop and all the little details that combine to give them their distinctive sound.
Drama is at the heart of everything the band produce, and even the swelling post-rock guitars can't hold off the sizeable riffs, and disjointed time signatures. Going from sweet melodies to all-out warfare is what we've come to expect from the band, and Record Breaker is no exception.
You could probably compare Buenos Aires to a firework – they go off, and it's a spectacle to behold. But what happens when they release a song into the atmosphere and there's no bang? B-side Opportunityisnowhere is that song, and it sees the band breaking away from their self-carved mould. Refined by their standards (but possibly not by most), this is undoubtedly the most straightforward track of their career. This is by no means a devolution in their sound, but more of an extension of something that has been bubbling under the surface. Tender vocals glide over gentle breakdowns, and the enduring melodies switch from conventional to irregular in what is a quietly ambitious, yet slow-burning track. Think Biffy Clyro meets Mew and maybe you'll get the idea.
For fans of: Biffy Clyro, Hold Your Horse Is, These Waves
Go get it: Digital available 14 May, physical copies available from their single launch at Leicester Firebug on 19 May