The Pierces are back.
Roughly three years after dropping their fourth studio album You & I — which went Top 5 in the UK and spawned a few moderate hits, including “Glorious” and “You’ll Be Mine” — the sister act is returning with a new record, produced entirely by their musical director, Christian Langdon. (Still not ringing a bell? If you’re a Pretty Little Liars fan, you’ll know them from “Secret,” the show’s theme song.)
Full disclosure: I’ve never written about The Pierces up until this point, but I’ve always been peripherally aware of their music-making. And judging by the first taste of the new material, now is certainly the time to get involved.
“Kings” is the first song off of Creation, the new album due out on June 2. (Also, the Believe In Me EP will be released on March 31, so that’s a good thing too!)
The song takes the duo’s throwback folk-rock sound and elevates it to hypnotic new heights, most comparable to HAIM — so basically, Fleetwood Mac with a bit of modern gloss. “If we want to, we could do what kings do/I could feel the earth move when you speak,” the girls declare atop an instantly catchy hook of a chorus, surrounded by whimsical strings and pounding drums.
It’s a dreamy little number, and a solid way to kick off the campaign. Kudos, Allison and Catherine — this sound suits you well.
“Kings” was released on January 31. (iTunes UK)