Published Jan 11, 2010Things have been pretty quiet from London, England's New Young Pony Club since they released their beloved debut, Fantastic Playroom, in 2007. That will all change soon, however, with the announcement that the band are working on the long-awaited follow-up.
FACT reports that although it's called The Optimist, the record explores more complex emotions than the band's previous effort. "The last album was about a particular persona," said front-woman Tahita Bulmer. "And it was my sexy, party animal, idealized self. Sometimes I am that person, but in the wake of a ten-year relationship ending I felt it was important to be a bit more honest... I played [the record] to my friend and he said, 'it makes the first sound like a bunch of nursery rhymes!'"
In-band producer Andy Spence explains that they found their new, darker sound by sticking to some rules. "I do remember making certain guidelines for the album," he explains. "Like no four on the floor, no cowbell and vocally no 'sexy talk' or monotone vocals."
New Young Pony Club will self-release The Optimist via their label, The Numbers, on March 1. Until then, snag lead single "Lost a Girl" in exchange for your precious email address here.