Last weekend, English alternative rock group Elbow released a new four track EP entitled Lost Worker Bee.
Lost Worker Bee is the follow up to 2014’s album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, which was Elbow’s first album to reach number one on the British charts. For fans of the 5-piece, the release of Lost Worker Bee has made the wait for the band’s next full length album much more bearable. Regarding the EP, frontman Guy Garvey said:
“Elbow are involved in various solo projects and collaborative endeavours for the next few months and we just felt we really wanted to get ‘something’ away to tide fans over until the next album. We’ve always loved the EP as a format and we’ve enjoyed making this one so much I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another before long”
The EP consists of the title track Lost Worker Bee as well as And it Snowed, Roll Call and Usually Bright.
Each track is unique in its own way, which keeps the EP sounding fresh on multiple listens. Starting from the upbeat, rhythmic opening track Lost Worker Bee, Elbow showcases their diverse range of sounds. The extremely atmospheric piano on And it Snowed creates a fantastic sense of relaxation before we are introduced to the harder guitar and bass groove of Roll Call. The EP finishes with the acoustic guitar ballad Usually Bright, which showcases Guy Garvey’s sombre vocal tones beautifully.
The EP is a must listen for new and old fans alike. The four tracks maintain Elbow’s signature blend of alternative rock with orchestral elements while still sounding fresh and exciting. Lost Worker Bee is available to download from iTunes, or you can listen to it on Spotify or Apple Music.