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Intimacy is Bloc Party's third studio album, notably announced three days prior to release in 2008. Having been dubbed as a 'breakup' album by frontman Kele, the band's mood is as dark on Intimacy, as it appeared on their previous project - A Weekend in the City. The similarities are not surprising, considering that Intimacy arrived just a year and a half later. The album commences with two of Bloc Party's angriest and experimental efforts in "Ares" and "Mercury", however finds progressive subtlety in their traditional formula on tracks such as "Halo", "Signs" and "Zephyrus". Intimacy is rightfully an ambitious album, which fuses the objectives of Silent Alarm with the audiacity of Weekend in The City.
Drawing inspiration from Joy Division, Sonic Youth, The Cure and Gang of Four, East London's Bloc Party mix acute sonic experiments with structures of pop. The band consists of Kele Okereke on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist - Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes on bass and Matt Tong on drums. Once known as Angel Range and Union, the collective settled with the name Bloc Party in 2003.