First single of new album by The Specials, scheduled for february, had its premiere today on BBC Radio 6 Music. Song “Vote For Me” aired after 5pm on Steve Lamacq’s show and it was quite a surprise to me.
I was expecting the first shot to be a melody with some serious kick, maybe even directly referring to 2 Tone golden era. Instead the band went for rather more melancholic vibe. First sounds already brought to my mind the memorable “Ghost Town”. It’s later only confirmed with every trombone entrance. Terry’s Voice fits in gently but expressive. That’s a little more remote and probably very subjective connotation, but when piano bumps in I immediately think of Ruben Gonzales and his “Pueblo Nuevo” known widely from Buena Vista Social Club project. Whole sound is incredibly perfected and if I were to compare it to anything, the easiest things would be to collate “Vote For Me” with feelings of first hearing “The Liberty Of Norton Folgate” by Madness – in a way it’s different, but still familiar, very good and as before. Feeling was only magnified by arrival of violin sound in the background.
This song definitely lets you have big hopes for the whole “Encore” album. For a first original material after 20 years it’s really great. The Specials – we welcome you back and we wait for more.