Bastille Heighten the Hype with New Single “Fake It”
English indie pop band Bastille released “Fake It”, the second single from their second studio album Wild World, on July 28th. The album itself is set for release on September 9th, 2016. The record’s first single “Good Grief” found significant success in its sonorous vocals, infectious chorus, and passionate instrumentation. These elements make “Good Grief” a signature Bastille tune, so I was interested to see if the same happened with “Fake It”.
“Fake It” opens with a soft yet eerie synthesizer, some crackled radio static sounds, and a British woman’s contemplative sentiments:
“And I don’t think that that’s a selfish want, I really don’t. I’m not saying that I have this capacity because it’s hard to develop that capacity on your own, when you’re being stopped at every turn…”
Right after that line, some more forceful electronic and synthesized beats dribble in to accompany a soulful and high-pitched vocal feature. Frontman Dan Smith opens the first verse with soft vocal moderation and restraint. His vocals grow in intensity when group vocals and snaps appear in the prechorus alongside complex orchestral instrumentation.
As soon as the chorus comes in, “Fake It” cements itself as a signature Bastille track. This chorus features deep, thunderous basslines and synthesizers that roar with power and might. Because of this chorus, “Fake It” is perfectly poised for stadium rock performances as well as loudspeaker blast bashes.
The second verse is livelier than the first, as it brings each element from the first verse in droves. This verse features more upbeat percussion, more layered instrumentation, and more spirited vocals from Smith and company.
In comparison to the verses and the chorus, the bridge underwhelms me. Smith creates some modest yet passionate vocal harmonies with the expressive vocal feature found at the start of the track, but the instrumentation doesn’t stand out or interest me very much. The track closes with the familiarly formidable chorus and a solemn and beautiful piano that accompanies a nice vocal solo from Smith.
Overall, I like “Fake It” a lot. It’s less poppy and darker than “Good Grief”. That’s not to say that “Good Grief” is a bad track—I still enjoy it, as it’s an incredibly catchy tune. “Fake It” demonstrates another side of Bastille that features gloomier sentiments with the same impressive production style from Smith.
“Fake It” has me more interested in Bastille and Wild World than ever before. Have you listened to this new single? Check it out on YouTube below, and if you like what you hear, keep your eyes and ears peeled for Wild World when September rolls around.