Perhaps unsurprisingly for a musician so attuned to the nuance of his music, Okereke is at least as proud of the invisible details of his songs as he is of their overall impression.
"We work really hard to create something whole and coherent and special," he says, "but for me, it's often the little things that make me appreciate what we've done. Like, I remember the first time I listened to the playback of 'This Modern Love'--I started crying right at the part where the backing vocals come in on the second chorus. I mean, it was so perfect--so perfectly what we'd set out to make, a song that's, like, two people on the telephone, who can't touch each other, and as the song and the conversation progress, everything amplifies. What starts out small and static, just rhythm and vocals, intensifies the way that conversation intensifies, intensifies to the point where you have the guitars and the glockenspiel and the extra vocal tracks..."
At first, Bloc Party sounded like "bands like Blur and Radiohead," says front man Kele Okereke, second from right. "But when we started going to clubs, our whole approach changed."
He trails off again, but this time he's not searching for words. "It still gets me, that part," he says. "Even now, we've played that song hundreds of times, and sometimes when I hear that shift happen, it overwhelms me. It's always new."