Man Without Country – King Complex (2011)

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Debut single King Complex is the first taster from forthcoming album Foe and indicative of Man Without Country’s ability to morph their source material into anthems when you least expect it, the track’s tinkling keyboard led intro exploding into a euphoric dancefloor chorus. Co-produced by MWC’s Tomas and Ryan, Foe was mixed by Ken Thomas – a coup for the band given his previous work with the likes of Sigur Ros and M83, two artists important to MWC’s aesthetic. The melody belies a darker sentiment behind the lyrics on King Complex – “You are a true parasite / And you’re the bane of my life” – Ryan concedes that “They are personal and bitter”. This contrast between melody and lyric is a common theme across their debut long player.

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