Idles Shift Gears with Dance-Inducing Track ‘Gift Horse’ from Upcoming Album TANGK With each successive teaser from their fifth album, TANGK, Idles showcases remarkable versatility. From the post-punk intensity of ‘Dancer’ to the stripped-back beauty of ‘Grace,’ the band now invites listeners to move with ‘Gift Horse.’
Abandoning the mosh pit for a dance floor, ‘Gift Horse’ introduces a groovy vibe. The energetic drum line sets the stage for toe-tapping and hip-swaying, possibly influenced by producer Kenny Beats, known for his work in trap and hip-hop, who collaborated with the band on the new record.
My previous perception of Idles as a band I didn’t resonate with is undergoing a transformation. The latest tracks feel softer, resembling more of a party atmosphere than a fist-flying pit, making their sound more inviting to outsiders. The band’s evolution on the new material reflects a broader and more accessible approach.
In TANGK teasers like ‘Gift Horse,’ Idles adopts a humanist perspective. Singer Joe Talbot playfully declares, “All is love and love is all / Fuck the king! / He ain’t the king, she’s the king!” This lyrical turn adds a touch of humor and joy to their plugged-in social commentary, showcasing a band that no longer serves as a mere mouthpiece for others’ thoughts but shares its own with renewed energy.
Describing the track, Talbot encourages listeners with, “Look at us go! Music and movement for you and yours. Be bold and ride us like the disco donkeys we are.” While the phrase may seem meaningless, the clear instruction is to simply enjoy the track, letting your feet move freely. And so, we shall.