Madcap Mancunian foursome Everything Everything have returned with the lead single from new album A Fever Dream.
‘Can’t Do’ sees EE on typical form with a track as obtuse and wacky as one would expect. It’s poppy fare with the tasty guitar and keyboard interplay distinctive of their tone.
It stands as somewhat of an off follow-up to ‘Distant Past’, the lead single from Get to Heaven. The lyrics are so thin on the ground here that the same few lines are repeated, whereas ‘Distant Past’ was so bursting with evocative imagery that singer Jonathan Higgins had to half rap to fit them in stanzas. Whether you find this change refreshing or frustrating will depend upon your investment in Everything Everything.
Their ability to write catchy central hooks is not in doubt however, with commanding House-y keys stabbing through the chorus. The band continue to combine appealing, accessible pop grooves with bizarre melodies and flouncy choruses: a provocative mash-up of familiar and arty.
‘Can’t Do’ still has the brittle tension that make Everything Everything such a marmite sound, particularly in the pinched falsetto of Higgins. However it is his performance which gives ‘Can’t Do’ it’s coiled and nervous energy, appropriately mirrored by the vid: shirtless dudes riding out the crack shakes in a cave.
It’s the perfect anthem for the age of compulsion.
Everything Everything are on tour this summer. Tickets here.