Great Britain’s Clean Bandit has spent the last two years on an incredibly hot streak in the music scene, releasing their debut studio LP New Eyes in May 2014, even winning a Grammy for their Jesse Glynne collab “Rather Be” the following spring.
They’ve toured relentlessly with their very unique blend of live instrumentation (nobody does violin in pop music like they do) and programmed drum patterns. New Eyes was filled with such creative electro-pop arrangements and yielded a wildly sucessful single in the United States with “Rather Be.”
Now, Clean Bandit returns with “Tears,” the first single to come from their not-yet titled sophomore album. It features power vocals from The X Factor U.K. 2015 winner Louisa Johnson and it’s an anthemic breakup banger.
Written by band member Jack Patterson and Sam Romans, the track brands “a 1990’s vision of a future breakup song” with its “I’ll get over you!” message. Johnson sings in the final bridge, “I don’t need you to call me tonight / I don’t need you to see if I’m alright.” Lyrically speaking, it’s the complete opposite of the loved-up tale in “Rather Be.”
Have a listen for yourself and watch Clean Bandit and Louisa Johnson perform “Tears” live on Britain’s Got Talent down below!