Please Donít Take Him Back is the debut single from Bearsuit's new album The Phantom Forest.
Since their full-length oh:io in 2007, the Norwich boy/girl five-piece have undergone a dramatic line-up change, swapped violins, flutes and horns for dirty synths and fierce guitars, notched-up their sound, brought in big time producer Gareth Parton and created a perfectly off-the-wall pop masterpiece.
Please Donít Take Him Back is a technicolour widescreen heartache. Itís as cool as a disco ice queen with a warm heart; as sophisticated as a gin martini; exhilarating as strobe lights on a tireless dance floor; as touching as tender disco. It bridges the gap between Blondie and Duran Duran; The Human League and Depeche Mode, and jumps up and down all over other indie pretenders.
The two tracks on the B-side see the band's last two download singles, Pushover and Muscle Belt, get a physical release for the first time.
Starting out with what sounds like an explosion in Stereolabís retro electronics factory, this new single from Norwichís Bearsuit is a neat excursion into deceptively twee pop.
I say deceptively because, despite there being a candy-striped quality to the stylophone melody, thereís also an element of The Cureís ĎA Forestí lurking around in the bassline Ė adding a sense of menace and depth.
The female vocal sounds a bit like Young Marble Giants too, another group who knew a thing or two about ambivalence, suggesting that this band has taste.