BoomBox: “Museum” Is The Best Work of Fiction I’ve Heard All Year

“Museum” is the new single from London-based band Fiction, and I can’t stop listening. The group makes precision pop for now (and then), people sharing some ’80s-inspired DNA with acts like Wild Beasts and Yeasayer. Their first three singles—“Careful," “Big Things,” and “Parakeets”—influenced by a dose of post-punk groups like A Certain Ratio and The Comsat Angels (who coincidentally had an incredible 1982 album titled Fiction). “Museum” mixes up a touch of Lloyd Cole and the Commitments with a heavy helping of China Crisis, which isn’t a group people chatter about much these days and that makes the song sound fresh with skittish wonder.

Formed in 2009 by singers/multi-instrumentalists Mike Barrett and James Howard and guitarist Nick Barrett—current bassist/vocalist David Miller signed on later—the group have been active in the U.K. for a couple years now, scoring multiple radio appearances, a spot on the Kitsuné Maison 11 compilation, and even landing a Ford campaign that raised their profile considerably. “Musuem” is the group’s fourth single and the first song from their upcoming debut album The Big Other, which will see release via Moshi Moshi on March 4.

And in case you’re interested in some evidence of that China Crisis sound here a couple gems:

"When the Piper Calls"

“Some People I Know Lead Fantastic Lives"