It’s been two years since Cults asked us to “Go Outside,” bestowing upon the more indie-leaning world a bona fide “song of the summer.” Tuesday, the band made its comeback with a new jam, and while it’s just as ’60 pop-tinged as songs on the band’s self-titled debut, it’s a lot more overtly dark than its sunny single predecessor.
On first listen, Cults makes airy trifles of tunes, jams meant to accompany beach days and picnics. But when you take a closer listen, there are almost always dark clouds brewing on the horizon — umbrellas are definitely advised. Those undertones were probably on most (wry) display on “Bumper,” where band members Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin duet about their failed relationship.
“I Can Hardly Make You Mine” is much more overt than previous heart-rended tracks. Kicking off with a chorus of crashing chords, the fuzzed-out track is almost a wailing lament about unrequited love — a honest contrast to some of the more tongue-in-cheek tracks from the previous album.
This jam, coupled with a Ring-like trailer, indicate that the band’s sophomore album, Static, might be much more scrambled than sunny.
Static is due out October 15th on Columbia Records.