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Kaiser Chiefs – “Falling Awake” (audio) (Premiere)

The latest from these Leeds rockers is a synth-driven, catchy number that sets the stage brilliantly for their next LP.

In the ’00s, the Leeds, UK rock outfit Kaiser Chiefs made a big splash with their excellent 2007 album Yours Truly, Angry Mob and its earworm of a lead single, “Ruby”. Like that song, the band’s latest tune, “Falling Awake”, anchors itself on a simple, repetitive chorus: “She’s got me falling, falling / Falling away!” Also like “Ruby”, though, such repetition is extremely effective given the Chiefs’ catchy songwriting. Buoyed by a near danceable bass synth, “Falling Awake” bodes quite well for the group’s forthcoming sixth studio LP, which follows 2014’s Tony Blair-referencing Education, Education & War.

Lead vocalist/percussionist Ricky Wilson tells PopMatters a bit about the tune: “‘Falling Awake’ was written right at the end of sessions for the last record. It’s almost a love song, which is unique for us because we don’t really write them.”

Kaiser Chiefs are at work on their next album, which has yet to receive a name or a release date.

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