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Turin Brakes Get 'Blindsided Again' - Song Premiere

English duo's new song is meant to be anything but hopeless

Turin Brakes
Roger Sargent
September 23, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Turin Brakes channel Pink Floyd in their new track "Blindsided Again," from the drawn-out intro to the eventual dreamy vocals. The song builds on slow funk and swirling guitar to create a trippy, whimsical journey akin to being sucked into a vortex. 

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"Lyrically, it's all about feeling like you're being sucked into the rat race, becoming part of the herd and mourning your childhood dreams of spacemen and flying fantasies," singer Olly Knights tells Rolling Stone.

However, that's not to say the song is hopeless. "It should be depressing but it's actually uplifting," says Knights.  

"Blindsided Again" appears on Turin Brakes' new album We Were Here, which is set for release on October 8th. 

Turin Brakes, 'Blindsided Again'

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