Placebo Have Released A Painfully Melancholic New Track ‘Happy Birthday In The Sky’


Not long now till ‘Never Let Me Go’

It’s March, which means that Placebo’s new album ‘Never Let Me Go’ is going to be released this month.

And the band have shared the last taster track, and it’s a seething tear-jerker of the highest calibre. 

It’s called ”Happy Birthday In The Sky’ and is a painfully delicate yet crushingly heavy piece of melancholic songwriting and emotional outbursts. It’s the sort of head and heart mangling composition that Placebo have always produced, but to hear them reaching new highs of devastation in 2022 is nothing short of mesmerising.

Vocalist Brian Molko had this to say about it:

“‘Happy Birthday In The Sky’ for me, is one of the more heartbreaking moments on the album. Happy Birthday In The Sky is a phrase that I’ve been using for quite some time.  When I say, happy birthday to people who aren’t with us anymore, it communicates the kind of heartbreak that we’re really, really good at communicating I think. You know that sense of loss, that sense of desperation. It’s as if a part of your body and your soul has been ripped from you unfairly. And you pine and you pine, and you wait.

What I am thinking is that this is kind of so visceral and so intense emotionally that it’s really going to communicate something very powerful to the listener. And that’s basically all I’m interested in. At what cost? Who cares. As long as the song really, really moves people, then whatever sacrifices you have to make in order to get there are fine with me. It’s not such a bad thing to inhabit these emotions – you’re very, very much alive and in the moment while you’re doing so.”

Let it all out and have a listen below:

‘Never Let Me Go’ will be released on March 25. 

It will also feature ‘Try Better Next Time’:

‘Beautiful James’:

And ‘Surrounded By Spies’:

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