Wild Beasts’ music has always projected a certain sexual swagger – largely on the backbone of Hayden Thorpe’s distinguished falsetto – but that feeling is amplified on the first single from Wild Beasts’ fifth album, Boy King. “Get My Bang” is a pulsating, rhythmic track that is more primed for the dance floor than much of the band’s previous catalogue. Essential qualities of the band remain: Thorpe’s falsetto, the tension beneath the surface, crystalline guitars. Yet “Get My Bang” finds these parts in a new context. “Why would you hold it back,” Thorpe questions on the track, showing exactly what can happen when you hold nothing back.
Boy King is out August 5 via Domino.