UK product Friendly Fires released their self-titled debut in the UK on September 1st, and the album has received acclaim on both sides of the pond. The album is carried on the strength of its two breathtaking singles, “Paris” and “Jump in the Pool”, especially the latter, which already rests comfortably on top of my list of the best singles of 2008 (“Sleepy Head” eat your heart out). Honestly though, “Jump in the Pool” completely renews my faith in the music industry. Listening to the song is the musical equivalent of re-living your favorite dream. The harmony of “ahhs” that bless your ears from the onset seem to trumpet the arrival of this promising young band. Much like The Strokes, Friendly Fires have mastered the art of layered instrumentals, creating a massive and thick sound that pulls you in and promptly spits you out. By the end of the song, my body and mind are overwhelmed with nostalgia; the song is familiar and yet fresh and inviting upon each and every listen. The band has a staggering amount of potential, and let’s pray that “Jump in the Pool” is just the tip of the iceberg that is their young career.
For the sake of everything good in this world, I implore you to listen to this song not through iPod headphones, but rather through the highest-quality music player your money can afford. Trust that it’s worth it.