Track of the Day: 'Live Those Days Tonight'

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UK dance band Friendly Fires's second album, Pala, swings for the fences. I submit, as evidence, this lead-off track, “Live Those Days Tonight.” Produced by Mr. Rolling In The Deep himself, and full of Technicolor synth stabs and polyrhythmic beats, it’s purpose-built for the dancefloor. (Or your largest uncluttered room, depending on your stage of life.) It hardly matters whether you’re hearing the verse or the chorus; it’s all one crescendo after another.

I would have loved to be a fly on the wall while this was being put together. You can hear the layers piling, as Epworth and this Mercury-nominated trio find new ways to amp it up, and up, and up. (No, that chant in the bridge isn’t “Olive,” but “I’ll live.”) Despite the potential to create a too-sweet mess here, they’ve instead created a deeply satisfying summer sing-along.



On iTunes: Friendly Fires / "Live Those Days Tonight"

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