It’s been about 18 months now since I first wrote about The Pipettes’ new material, when I saw them perform one of their first gigs in the Gwenno, Ani and Anna line-up. Now, of course, they have another new member (Beth replaced Anna), and after about 8 months of gigging in this formation, they are finally getting a bit closer to actually releasing something. Stop The Music is a track I know from the live performances, and it should please fans of the first album since, despite the new material having a more 70s style overall, it is not a big step away from their original sound. It’s a truly lovely song and more pure pop than the indie leanings of their debut.
I worry that this change could send them the same way as Alphabeat, who also have shed any indie coolness they had in favour of a pure pop sound, but since The Pipettes have never graced the top 20 before, they hopefully won’t be disappointed if the new single isn’t an international megahit. Regardless of how successful it will be, it’s great to have one of my absolute favourite bands back on the radio, and I hope that we’ll be hearing a lot of them in 2010.
You can hear the new song at this link – just fast-forward to 31 minutes in. Thanks to Andy for the tip-off!