The Private Language Release A Classic Remake
Iconic songs are always the hardest ones to cover, but when you’ve got the talent The Private Language have, taking on such ambitious projects isn’t as daunting as it would be for other acts. In their new single, a unique take on “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” The Private Language make it pretty obvious what they think of the post-punk revival movement and how artists of their caliber can improve it if given the chance, and although it stands far apart from trends in the underground today, that could be what makes it the true alternative jam we need it to be.
Coming into this mix, the first thing I really like about the melodic angle in “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” as it has been presented for us here is the pressurized sound of the vocal, particularly as we get into the climactic chorus. All at once, it feels like we’re about to witness a tightly-wound electropop wonder come undone under the weight of a bassline as bloated as it is synthetically stunning and easy to appreciate. It never completely erupts in a noisy, overwhelming release, but it doesn’t have to for us to become entranced by the implication of chaos waiting around the next corner.
The synths in this song are underscored by a larger than life percussive component I could listen to all day long, and because of how meticulously they’ve been arranged as to form the backdrop for the lyrics exclusively, we’re never faced with the difficult challenge of dividing our attention between two equally intriguing elements in the same track. That can be an issue for any act sporting the kind of duality this one is, but in the case of The Private Language, I think what they were able to pull off is all the more commendable and respectable because of their ease in this area.
Balance is indeed a key factor in what makes this version of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” so easy to fall in love with, and when looking at the instrumental faceting alone it makes sense why critics are taking so much interest in this duo right now. The vocal marinates in the gravity-free bassline’s fuzz perfectly, initiating a collective kick that only gets more powerful as we listen on in the song. The Private Language know how to make little details into a big deal, and if that wasn’t a major talking point in coverage of their work before this cover, it should be for the remainder of the year.
A sublimely modern look at a post-punk classic, The Private Language’s recent single could make anyone excited to hear what alternative music is going to produce in this new decade. I don’t know enough about their depth as songwriters and original players to feel out their future just based on this release alone, but based on the charisma of this cover, I would love to hear what they can do with other concepts as they get better at their craft.