Music to Listen To…

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Studio album by
Released27 December 2019 (2019-12-27)
Genre
Length75:35
Label
Producer
Bring Me the Horizon chronology
Amo
(2019)
Music to Listen To…
(2019)

Music to Listen to~Dance to~Blaze to~Pray to~Feed to~Sleep to~Talk to~Grind to~Trip to~Breathe to~Help to~Hurt to~Scroll to~Roll to~Love to~Hate to~Learn Too~Plot to~Play to~Be to~Feel to~Breed to~Sweat to~Dream to~Hide to~Live to~Die to~Go To[note 1] (often shortened to Music to Listen To…[1][2][3]) is a commercial release by British rock band Bring Me the Horizon. It was released on 27 December 2019 without prior announcement. The release was produced by band members Oliver Sykes and Jordan Fish, and features collaborations with several artists, including Halsey and Yonaka.

Background[edit]

Despite being longer than any of the band's studio albums, Music to Listen To… is being marketed as an EP,[4] though other sources have referred to it as an album.[5][6] The release comes shortly after an interview with vocalist Oli Sykes in which he discussed plans for more experimental releases, stating "We're not going to do an album again, maybe ever."[5] It was left unannounced until the day of its release, with the band posting "new record out now" on their social media.[7]

Music to Listen To… signalled a continuation of the more collaborative direction explored on Amo, the latter of which included features from Grimes and Dani Filth. The group are joined by pop singer Halsey on the song "¿", and would later go on to collaborate with her again on her own song Experiment on Me, which was produced by Sykes and Fish. Other featured artists include previous touring mates Yonaka and Lotus Eater, as well as indie pop outfit Happyalone. and hip hop artist Bexey.[8][1] Sykes described the process behind the release, "The first idea I had was trying to do something like, a bit of a study album, or something long, using bits and bobs from what we’ve got from ‘amo’ or demos and stuff like that. When we got together it turned into this whole different thing, and we just rolled with it."[9]

Composition[edit]

Influences, style and themes[edit]

In a major departure from the band's previous works, Music to Listen To… largely eschews the use of guitars and traditional song structures. Its style has been described as electropop,[5][6] electronica,[4] ambient,[5][6][4] experimental,[1][10] industrial,[1] trip hop,[10] and post-rock.[10]

The material on Music to Listen To… was conceived of during the sessions of its predecessor. Several songs reference or sample material from this album: "Steal Something." contains elements of "I Apologise If You Feel Something", "¿" interpolates "In the Dark", and portions of "A Devastating Liberation" are sampled in "Why You Gotta Kick Me When I'm Down?".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
KillYourStereo50/100[10]
NME4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic1.5/5 stars[3]

Music to Listen To… received polarised reviews from critics. Some praised its experimentation, whilst others were less keen on the stylistic pivot and criticised its length.

In a four-star review for NME, Ali Shutler called the release a "bold experiment" and described it as an "intense, occasionally confusing listen that definitely won't be for everyone, but […] never feels like hard work".[1] A less positive staff review from Sputnikmusic called the album "devoid of compositional structure, narrative and flow" and summarised it as a "drunken joke the band may well regret".[3] AllMusic also criticised the release, stating that "as the tracks bleed one into the next, there isn't much here to grasp onto, outside of big moments that suddenly swell up and devour listeners".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Steal Something."10:12
2."Candy Truck / You Expected: LAB Your Result: Green"7:15
3."A Devastating Liberation"4:40
4."¿" (featuring Halsey)5:13
5."Underground Big {HEADFULOFHYENA}" (featuring Bexey and Lotus Eater)24:06
6."'Like Seeing Spiders Running Riot on Your Lover's Grave'" (featuring Happyalone.)6:39
7."Dead Dolphin Sounds 'Aid Brain Growth in Unborn Child' Virtual Therapy / Nature Healing 2 Hours" (featuring Toriel)10:10
8."Tapes" (featuring Yonaka)7:18
Total length:75:35

Notes

  • "Like Seeing Spiders Running Riot on Your Lover's Grave" is stylised in all lowercase.
  • "Tapes" is stylised as "±ªþ³§".[11]

Personnel[edit]

Bring Me the Horizon

Additional musicians

  • Halsey – guest vocals on track 4
  • Bexey – guest vocals on track 5
  • Lotus Eater – guest performance on track 5
  • Happyalone. – guest vocals on track 6
  • Toriel – guest vocals on track 7
  • Theresa Jarvis of Yonaka – guest vocals on track 8

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ stylised as Music to listen to~dance to~blaze to~pray to~feed to~sleep to~talk to~grind to~trip to~breathe to~help to~hurt to~scroll to~roll to~love to~hate to~learn Too~plot to~play to~be to~feel to~breed to~sweat to~dream to~hide to~live to~die to~GO TO

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bring Me The Horizon – 'Music to listen to...' EP review". Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bring Me The Horizon – 'Music to listen To...'". Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Bring Me the Horizon – Music to listen to…". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Stream Bring Me the Horizon's Surprise EP 'Music to Listen to…'". Loudwire. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Bring Me the Horizon surprise-release new album featuring Halsey, Lotus Eater, more". Revolver. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "Bring Me the Horizon release surprise album featuring Halsey, Lotus Eater, Bexey, and more: Stream". 27 December 2019.
  7. ^ "ʙʀɪɴɢ ᴍᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʜᴏʀɪᴢᴏɴ on Instagram: "new record out now"". Instagram. 27 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Hear Halsey Join Bring Me the Horizon on New EP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  9. ^ clash magazine
  10. ^ a b c d "Bring Me The Horizon release surprise new EP with one of the longest titles ever". Killyourstereo. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Erm..... HI!!! This is so fekin exciting I love this band so much and they are so talented and just ya knowwww aggghhhhh listen to the latest release ya'll here me on the track "TAPES" its a magical trippy vibe and I love it @bmthofficialpic.twitter.com/c8UxzUtmPT". 27 December 2019.