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Single Review – Primal Scream and Sky Ferreira – Where the Light Gets In

 

Chaosmosis is the title of Primal Scream’s upcoming eleventh studio album and we can expect it on March 18th. Today they released one of the lead singles from the album ‘Where the Light Gets In’ which is an interesting collaboration with Sky Ferreira. The track operates on an 80’s rock-pop aesthetic in which Sky sits comfortably as several of her singles have echoed the style. For the most part, Keith’s and Sky’s vocals gel when their power and whispered tones find a middle ground. From there you appreciate the functionality of the duo. The track is little more than a functional and hook driven track, but it does serve that purpose with vigour.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Chairlift – Moth Review

We’ve been following the progress of Chairlift’s third studio album Moth very closely since the attention grabbing release of ‘Ch-Ching’ late last year. Since then, the Brooklyn-based duo of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly have continued with the bold and bright singles. The duo are a leaner, sharper outfit in many ways and with their developments in mind, they look set to enter the realm of Pop sophistication and creativity.

‘Ch-Ching’ marked their change of direction in the four years since their last work and sees the duo try their hand Hip-Hop themed electronica with those moulded harmonies from Polachek that have since been popularized by HAIM. It’s a song that swings from it’s Hip-Hop inspired verses to the Pop melodies of the chorus and a fade out into a hazy electronic bridge. A song that remarkably pulls off the mixture of styles and genres with ease and sheds light an a wider talent that Chairlift might possess if they keep this up. With ‘Romeo’ we have competing layers and sounds battling for supremacy around a drum sample and Caroline’s soaring vocals. The song’s energy and rapidity around a streamline song structure make the track sound as if it is in a constant chorus and the switching from industrial soundscapes, to dance, sweeping electronica and rhythmic acoustics keep you on your toes throughout. ‘Moth to the Flame’ and continues on the well rounded pop journey the duo have took with this record. The more dance orientated track on show here features morphing beats and glimmering electronica. On top of this are the repetitive lyrics that are swept over with ease by Caroline’s improved vocals which hold their notes across the chorus. This song could be played in most clubs unedited, but despite that it still retains the light-hearted and welcoming nature of most Chairlift songs.

The duo have shown their vulnerability with ‘Crying in Public’. The first lines from Caroline talk of throwing away the defences and that’s exactly what this song does in terms of it’s delicately formed emotion. The vocals are perfectly matched to the track and she demonstrates the versatility of her wonderful ability. The arrangement compliments it without being stale, there are light synth chords, an easy beat and rich bass line. The song ever so slightly reaches a higher peak with richer synths and the odd guitar riff too. It is a beautiful song to balance against the bold and exciting Pop. ‘Unfinished Business’ provides us with a similar intimate track, but in a different environment of gently nudging beats and the soft sweeps of piano chords. This leaves Caroline’s bracing vocals to fill the space and they do in an eloquent and stylish fashion. ‘Show You Off’ delivers yet another varying piece of pop music with chunky bass-lines and bursts of electronica and falsettos to drive into the funk evocating chorus. Tracks like ‘Look Up’ offer up the echoed spheres and warping riffs and synth chords that aren’t too far away from a Peter Gabriel track whilst ‘No Such Thing as Illusion’ is more evocative of his more experimental work. The album tracks certainly match the singles of a body of work that draws to mind Peter Gabriel, Brandon Flowers, HAIM, Aluna-George and many more. It has to be the quintessential Pop album of 2016.

Chairlift – Moth = 8/10

 

 

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review -Chairlift – Moth to the Flame

Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly have released their fourth single from their third studio album MOTH which is out on Friday. Their single is titled ‘Moth to the Flame’ and continues on the well rounded pop journey the duo are taking with this record so far with this single offering another variant on the way. The more dance orientated track on show here features morphing beats and glimmering electronica. On top of this are the repetitive lyrics that are swept over with ease by Caroline’s improved vocals which hold their notes across the chorus. This song could be played in most clubs unedited, but despite that it still retains the light-hearted and welcoming nature of most Chairlift songs. Indeed, this album looks set to continue the bold, physical sounds that have already been given to us so far and it will have a much bigger impression than you expected.

 

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

 

 

Single Review – Chairlift – Crying In Public

 

Chairlift unveil their third single ‘Crying In Public’ from their January 22nd album MOTH which is their third studio album. After some bold and uncompromising Pop with their first two singles, the duo have shown their vulnerability with their third single. The first lines from Caroline talk of throwing away the defences and that’s exactly what this song does in terms of it’s delicately formed emotion. The vocals are perfectly matched to the track and she demonstrates the versatility of her wonderful ability. The arrangement compliments it without being stale, there are light synth chords, an easy beat and rich bass line. The song ever so slightly reaches a higher peak with richer synths and the odd guitar riff too. It is a beautiful song to balance against the bold and exciting Pop of this album so far.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

This Weeks Music Video with The Killers, Bjork, Run The Jewels,The Libertines, Suede, Chairlift, Waxahatchee and METZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Single Review – Chairlift – Romeo

 

The Brooklyn Indie Pop duo that are Chairlift have released ‘Romeo’; their second single from their upcoming third album MOTH which is out on January 22nd. After the marvel of the pop fusions and downright arrogant ambitiousness of ‘Ch-ching’, their second single offers up a different tone. With ‘Romeo’ we have competing layers and sounds battling for supremacy around a drum sample and Caroline’s soaring vocals. The song’s energy and rapidity around a streamline song structure make the track sound as if it is in a constant chorus and the switching from industrial soundscapes, to dance, sweeping electronica and rhythmic acoustics keep you on your toes throughout. This single adds validity to suggestions that their third album might be hard to beat throughout the course of 2016.

 

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

This Weeks Music Video with Hot Chip, Chairlift, Neon Indian, Best Coast, Deerhunter and FFS

Single Review – Chairlift – Ch-Ching

Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly are the Indie Pop duo Chairlift hailing from New York. Back in 2008 and 2011 they were an important cog in the Brooklyn Indie machine, but have not produced anything since Something four years ago. Today they’ve announced the release of their third album Moth January and a new single in ‘Ch-Ching’. This new single marks a change of direction in the four years since their last work and sees the duo try their hand Hip-Hop themed electronica with those moulded harmonies from Polachek that have since been popularized by HAIM. It’s a song that swings from it’s Hip-Hop inspired verses to the Pop melodies of the chorus and a fade out into a hazy electronic bridge. A song that remarkably pulls off the mixture of styles and genres with ease and sheds light an a wider talent that Chairlift might possess if they keep this up.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Sunday Suggestion – Chairlift – I Belong In Your Arms

Chairlift are a synthpop duo from Brooklyn (yes they have factories full of them there) who formed in 2005. They released their debut album Does You Inspire You with the commercially successful ‘Bruises’ that spawned advert usage and decent chart positioning. This was followed up with the 2012 album Something which was more heavily laden with synths and electronica with the prime example being the lead single ‘I Belong On Your Arms’. A track that is an embracing piece of full on pop. Everything from the hovering synths, and the crisp percussion that leads into the undulating guitars and the deep bass lines. This is combined with a more modern vocal with floating and distant slides through a swooning pop delivery. It’s a happy and rapid song that isn’t too special but has enough combining factors to make it fun and interesting.