Almost 10 years ago, ’90s Britpop masters Suede announced that they were effectively breaking up and that they wouldn’t be making any more music as a band until “the moment was artistically right.” That moment is now. “Barriers” is the first song (note: not the single) from their forthcoming, sixth album Bloodsports, and it finds the group in vintage form (even if original guitarist Bernard Butler is still sitting out).
“‘Barriers” isn’t the first single but we are proud of it enough just to chuck it out there and thought that it’s [sic] pulsing, romantic swell somehow summed up the feel of the album quite nicely,” Suede frontman Brett Anderson wrote in a lengthy forum post. “[The album is] about lust, it’s about the chase, it’s about the endless carnal game of love. It was possibly the hardest we’ve ever made but certainly the most satisfying. Its 10 furious songs for me have reclaimed from ourselves what Suede was always about; drama, melody and noise.” Thus, “Barriers” is perfect fodder for that next lovelorn mixtape … Suede fans surely still love those, right?
Bloodsports is due out in March. Download “Barriers” here.