Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Al Doyle, Owen Clarke and Felix Martin might be most known for tracks like Over And Over and Need You Now, but as Grammy-nominated group Hot Chip they have released an impressive seven studio albums, their most recent being A Bath Full Of Ecstasy which arrived just last month. It’s their first since the 2015 release of Why Make Sense? and at 9-tracks in length, sticks to the bands familiar pop-leaning brand of electronica. From a glance, it brings
straight-forward drums and sedated vocal lines, but a closer look reveals hardened kicks on Hungry Child, and rich synthwave soundscapes on Clear Blue Skies, both bringing a pleasant break from a form that dominates most of the album. The accompanying artwork is an excellent visual representation of the records sonic palette, a dreamy melting pot of colour and light.
Where to start:
‘Echo’ – Energetic vocal track with plenty of rhythm
‘Bath Full Of Ecstasy’ – Eclectic pop music with huge reverbs
‘Melody Of Love’ – The biggest top line on the album
Previous from Hot Chip:
In Our Heads LP (2012, Domino)
The Warning LP (2006, Domino)
If you like this then check out:
Simian Mobile Disco – Murmurations (2018, [PIAS])
LCD Soundsystem – american dream (2017, Sony)
Hot Chip – A Bath Full Of Ecstasy is out now on Domino Recording Co.