In September, Placebo resurfaced from a long hibernation to release their first single in five years and first from the new album - 'Beautiful James'. A joyous and celebratory song, it came quietly loaded with antagonism for the increasingly prominent, ignorant, factions that have come to litter modern conversation.
As great masters in cataloguing the human condition, Placebos unique way of examining both its flaws and beauty finds fertile ground in 2021. Crawling out of the pandemic into a landscape of intolerance, division, tech-saturation and imminent eco-catastrophe, theirs is a voice that has rarely felt more significant to contemporary discourse, and more appropriate to sing these stories to the world. Within the magnetic slow-burn of new track Surrounded By Spies no punches are pulled in confronting the erosion of civil liberties, as Brian Molkos deft lyrical delivery is married to a creeping sense of claustrophobia that fittingly makes the walls feel as though they are closing in from all around.