Truth

Songfacts®:

  • Released on February 25, 2013, this was the third song from Bloc Party's fourth studio album. The lyrics were written by frontman Kele Okereke.
  • Okereke told NME how the song was built up from a sonic element inspired by guitarist Russell Lissack: "The initial idea of 'Truth' came from a demo that Russell sent me of this delayed kind of loop that he'd done. Although that idea didn't turn into anything, I was obsessed with the sound, that kind of super-fast, shutter-speed delay sound, and so was he. So he commissioned this pedal he made, basically that had this kind of looping function that was just an exciting sound."
  • Okereke explained the meaning of the song (2013): "I guess this song is really about the point at the start of a relationship when everything is laid bare, you know, where there are no secrets, and there are no complications. It's just two people being into one another. It's quite like a sacred time, and that's really what this song's about, keeping things honest and keeping things true."

    He continued: "I had just started going out with someone, and I wanted to remember this time, you know, that feeling where you're just starting to fall in love with someone. I think it's a very exciting time, and you don't usually, you don't get it back, so I wanted to make something that really reflected that, that time, you know. And we're still together, so ..."
  • The band knew they had a good song when Russell started crying during the playback at their New York recording session.

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