The followup to 2019's Five, White Lies's As I Try Not To Fall Apart is their most expansive record to date, taking in explosive rock, electro-pop bangers, prog-inspired invention, funk-tinged grooves and some of their most indelible hooks yet.
Recorded over two studio sessions, White Lies tested their resolve to get there, but they didn't fall apart, and have emerged with their most vital collection of songs in years.
Now in his 30s, chief lyricist Charles Cave's outlook on the great unknown has evolved. “I think the side of death or mortality that I always find interesting is the fact we all know it's going to happen,” he says, “and how different people navigate that. We'll probably never make an album in the way we made this one again.”
Arguably one of the biggest guitar bands in the UK, it's been well over a decade since White Lies's breakthrough single “Death” introduced a group for whom the fragility of human existence has been a constant touchstone.