Biffy Clyro, Ellipsis

Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro release their seventh album Ellipsis which displays the bands talents differently to their previous albums.

By Jane Howkins

After three years, Biffy Clyro have released their eagerly anticipated seventh album titled Ellipsis, and it’s definitely worth a listen for any alt-rock fans out there.

Anyone hoping that Ellipsis might take the band back to their roots may find themselves ever so slightly disappointed, as that isn’t really the case. It’s still distinctly a Biffy Clyro album, but the album lends itself more towards their newer musical stylings, rather than their older stuff. The Biffy of old was eccentric and eclectic, whereas their newer stuff is a lot more radio friendly, with big poppy hooks where distorted guitar riffs used to be. There are still some heavy songs on the album (with opening track Wolves Of Winter and On A Bang featuring some fairly big riffage), but the majority of the songs here are more pop-rock than heavy rock. However, whilst that may disappoint some, Ellipsis is still pretty darn good, despite lending itself to a more relaxed sound. It’s interesting to note that in Wolves Of Winter, lead singer and only guitarist Simon Neil sings the line ‘We have achieved so much more than you possibly thought we could’, showing that the band themselves are happy with the direction they have taken, as well as being a message to those fans who haven’t been able to embrace their new direction.

Speaking of which, Ellipsis takes on yet another new sound, and one that might be found more comfortably in the realms of hip-hop and modern dance music. The band themselves claimed to have been highly influenced by artists from those genres when talking about the album’s influences, and that can clearly be heard, especially on songs like Medicine and Small Wishes, with another track called Animal Style being oddly reminiscent of a groove-laden Muse tune. There are also a couple of slower, more acoustic songs on the album which is a bit of a rarity for Neil and Co., with Re-Arrange and Medicine showing a different side to the band than anyone is used to. Medicine is the better of the two (at times Re-Arrange can come across as a bit cheesy) but it’s quite a contrasting sound to what they usually produce.

Whilst Biffy Clyro will probably never go back fully to the eccentricities that they used to hold dear, the music they’re currently making is still worth a listen – if people can open their minds a little to a more pop-oriented sound. They still have their heavier moments, but on Ellipsis the band have managed to branch out a little into a few other genres, so who knows what the future may have in store!

Ellipsis is available now.