Broods have unveiled the first single from their upcoming second album. Free received its official premiere on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, where Huw Stephens was standing in, and it’s as tantalising a comeback from the Kiwi duo as we’d hoped for.
Arriving two years after the brother and sister duo put out their head-turning debut album Evergreen, the new cut will more than satisfy the thirst of those who fell for the band’s previous stirring synthpop outings. Ethereal vocals and enigmatic musicianship bridges the gap between their 2013 arrival as buzzworthy newcomers and a band now seemingly determined to make this new record land harder than their last.
There is a marked transition and it comes in the delivery. Listening to Free makes you feel like you’re privy to a band experiencing some kind of emancipation from their shackles. It’s out – for now, at least – with the wistful, contemplative sound of breakthrough tracks Bridges and Mother & Father, and in with a renewed sense of vigour; an essence that’s perfectly encapsulated by Georgia’s confident vocal defiance as she sings about liberation, and Caleb’s beefed up, sizzling electronic beats which propel the song to its thundering climax.