New Music Friday With IDLES

February 16th, 2024

Bristol UK’s IDLES release their fifth album, TANGK, via Partisan. The 11-track album was co-produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, The Smile, Beck), the band’s Mark Bowen and Kenny Beats (Denzel Curry, Vince Staples, Benee). In an explosive run of unerringly stirring albums, TANGK—pronounced “tank” with a whiff of the “g” and an onomatopoeic reference to the lashing way the band imagined the guitars sounding that has grown into a sort of sigil for living in love – is this band’s most ambitious and striking record yet. 

Speaking about the album, lead singer Joe Talbot says, “TANGK. I needed love. So I made it. I gave love out to the world and it feels like magic. This is our album of gratitude and power. All love songs. All is love.”

The lead single “Dancer” features LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nancy Whang). Talbot said, “I give myself to you/As long as you move on the floor.” 

TANK is the followup to IDLES releasing their GRAMMY-nominated CRAWLER album in 2021. The band’s previous albums are Ultra Mono (2020), Joy As An Act of Resistance (2018), and Brutalism (2017).