In an year that hasn’t been particularly exciting for alternative rock, the announcement of a new album by Basement was received with great attention. In the last ten years, in fact, the British rock band gained increased attention for having released a bunch of interesting records, and it’s no secret that these guys candidated themselves to become the European representatives of that kind of melodic rock that is played by many famous formations on the other side of the Atlantic ocean. And as soon as Beside Myself was released, all the expectations were definitely confirmed.
One of the elements that has been always remarkable in Basement’s music is the brilliant balance that they manage to keep between anger and melancholy. This characteristic seemd further enhanced in their new work and in fact most of the songs result at the same time energetic and deeply intimate. The rhythms are generally high and none of the songs indulge in accessory elements just for the sake of prolonging the running time, but instead thet go directly to the substance and leave aside any manieristic diversion. Incipit, melodic section, catchy riff with anthemic chorus, bridge, and conclusion. Nothing more than that, but extremely effective and enjoyable to hear.
For producing Beside Myself, the band decided for the first time to work with a major record label, leaving the world of independent music. This passage has certainly given more brilliance to their work and made the individual songs little masterpieces of “communicative effectiveness”. Probably something has been lost in terms of originality and spirit of experimentation, but the overall balance, in my opionion, remains absolutely positive. Many years and tours have passed from their impressive first two albums (2011′ I Wish I Could Stay Here and 2012’s Colourmeinkindness) and today, as a matter of fact, these guys look for confirmations rather than surprises.
Highlights: Be Here Now, Slip Away, Nothing Left, and Just a Life.
Songs from Beside Myself are featured in ALT ROCK ARENA, the continuously updated playlist with all the best and latest tracks in Alternative Rock.