Words by Lizzie Capewell
Red Hot Chili Peppers have gifted a second song from their soon-to-be released album, The Getaway. From what has already been heard of the record, it most certainly hasn’t been anything special, in fact, ‘Dark Necessities’ was a colossal disappointment. Thankfully, the title track is nowhere near as tepid. ‘The Getaway’ is a non-challenging, peaceful track, with no chance of stepping on anyone’s toes (or perhaps even getting them to tap), but is in fact, an atmospheric and soft, funky delight.
Although it seems as if the Peppers have lost their initial essence, with the time of crazed funk and cock socks long behind them, the band have succeeded in creating a piece which is slightly more held-back and refined – and it’s just as good as the old days.
Yes, there is no bouncing bass line or an infectiously funky, rhythmic groove, but isn’t it about time the band abandoned their Chili-Peppers-by-numbers approach and took a more open dynamic? This track acts as a refreshing new outlook for the band, with Tame Impala-esque warps and beautifully timid guitar licks feeding the relaxing, soft melody. It’s a song perfectly fitting for any summer playlist.
Hopefully, these first two tracks of the album are simply preparing fans for the rest of the record, and by the sound of things, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are only just warming up. It’ll be exciting to see whether the Peppers bring back the funk, but bring it back with a sound a little more unexpected.