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BNQT's new vintage pop charmer is about "how fucking dumb men can be"

25 April 2017, 10:00 | Written by Laurence Day

Indie supergroup BNQT deliver a beaming dose of retro-tinged pop on latest track "Mind Of A Man".

The group, which features members of Band Of Horses, Grandaddy, Franz Ferdinand, Travis, and Midlake, have already shared a few songs - "Restart", "Real Love", and "Unlikely Force" - from upcoming debut record Volume 1. Each vocalist (Ben Bridwell, Jason Lytle, Alex Kapranos, Fran Healy, and Eric Pulido) has written two tracks for the LP, taking lead vocal duties on the ones they penned.

"Mind Of A Man" features Fran Healy of Travis at the helm. Jangly guitars and cooing harmonies melt behind fantastical, cascading melodies - it's got a '60s folk twang but there's an undeniable haze of dreamy lusciousness that keeps it from being pure pastiche.

"When I presented 'Mind of a Man' to the guys, at that stage just a piano and vocal demo, they asked me for any thoughts I may have for a vibe or direction," Healy explains. "I told them I would prefer to sit and watch them do it all with a caveat that I would make a noise if it was going in a direction I felt wasn't right... but they are such accomplished musicians and have this gate only people who have played for decades together have, I knew it would be cool. And it was. The song is about how fucking dumb men can be.”

Volume 1 is released 28 April via Bella Union.
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