Everything Everything are possibly the most underrated band around today. These guys have been politely digging away at honing their sound into one that adds a bit of depth and character to modern Pop music, and it’s only until 2015’s Get To Heaven that the masses began to notice. A Fever Dream is the band’s new album and it’s another dazzling display of Pop music with a bit of topical deepness to it.
Album opener “Night of the Long Knives” kicks things off with an instrumental that spells a darker sound compared to Get To Heaven. The synthesisers are a little muddy, the basslines are a little rooted to ground and the guitars seem determined to blow your mind. Huge, booming choruses bring an anthemic swing into Everything Everything’s sound, which succeeds at immediately delivering a big moment right at the album’s start. Frontman Jonathon Higgs’ vocals direct the momentum with a series of topics touching upon worldly events, morality and an overall commentary on modern society, and project all of these heavy topics with his traditionally warbling voice which comes with a nice slice of hooks on the side too.
Lead single “Can’t Do” aims for the dancefloor but purposely avoids the spotlight – it’s murky synths pulsate against the rolling beat of the drums, producing a sound that’s harsh in execution but still full of accessibility. But it’s following track “Desire” with it’s boastful chorus and beats that would probably feel comfortable in the middle of it. This track is the real claim for that top spot, and it succeeds at immediately sinking into your mind from the get-go.
The band talk about their reputation and stature through the huge “Run the Numbers” which sees them pair up stonking guitar riffs with easily their catchiest chorus yet. Jonathon Higgs’ booming voice projects how they don’t care to see the numbers and stats in their rise to the top, and it’s just another example of why the band seemingly shine within their underrated nature. While the music can appeal to the masses, the intention has always been about talking about the topics that need to be discussed. It makes for some refreshing listening, that’s for sure.
A Fever Dream is another change of pace for Everything Everything, but is also another resting place for their ever-expanding sound. As the social commentary and topical themes become seemingly darker in the modern age it only makes sense for this record to take on a more matured, darker sound. But despite being stacked with heaviness it still manages to shake it’s shoulders with a series of catchy tunes. It’s a great album, and again, why everybody should get into Everything Everything.