August 8, 2013


Cage the Elephant Want You to "Come a Little Closer" on New Song

Thanks to an impressively crafted second album and a reliably energetic live show, Cage the Elephant have slowly but surely widened their fanbase over the last two years.

And now, with an opening slot for Muse's U.S. tour on the horizon, the Kentucky rockers are giving us "Come a Little Closer," the first sampling of their upcoming third album, Melophobia.

Although it's hardly a radical departure for these '90s alt-rock devotees, this track does debut a slightly poppier direction for Cage the Elephant. Frontman Matt Shultz holds back the punch from his vocal delivery, opting to sing in an eerie, world-weary voice that brings to mind Julian Casablancas on a particularly hazy late night.

On the opposite spectrum, the chorus careens toward MGMT's grandiose, sweeping sing-along pop. It's not a radical departure from their previous material, but it does have an immediate accessibility longtime fans might be surprised by.

Listen to it above and stay tuned for Melophobia—it means "fear of music," which is also the name of an incredible Talking Heads album—when it drops on October 8.