Where are Friendly Fires? That was the question that ran around indie clubs for years, becoming a necessary part to any conversation alongside ‘ahh the weather today eh?!’ and ‘you paid how much for that sandwich?!’. Like a long lost friend, we wondered for years what on earth had happened - and then, it all changed.
Bursting back earlier this year with ‘Love Like Waves’ and a series of shows, they rode back into town, bags stuffed with future bangers hanging from their belt. Still firing on all cylinders, it was clear they hadn’t lost a step. But now there was another question - where do they go next?
The answer - directly to the dancefloor. ‘Heaven Let Me In’ is the sound of Friendly Fires taking over the sound systems and pointing to what that anticipated third album could very well sound like. Club culture and grooves have always been at the heart of Friendly Fires, but never as bold and in-your-face as this. Teaming up with Disclosure on co-production-duties makes even more sense, a feverish combination of looping beats, shuffling horns and swooning vocals take the track into a whole other realm that fully engulfs itself in good old fashioned electronic fun.
It may be the furthest they’ve gone when it comes to clubland vibes, but this feels like the natural evolution of Friendly Fires in 2018. While ‘Love Like Waves’ was the welcoming comeback of an old friend, ‘Heaven Let Me In’ is the moment where they show they’re ready to take on the future. Any questions? Great - we’ll see you under the discoball.