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Chairlift, Moth (Columbia Records)




Chairlift, Moth (Columbia Records)
CD Reviews: February 17, 2016

02/18/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The wildly expansive array of sounds used in the polyrhythms of this Brooklyn duo’s Something album two years ago wasn’t merely encouraging; it made you believe that the big huge record companies were finally grasping the whole shift to laptop indie. Their first LP, 2008’s Does You Inspire You, does seem a little primitive in comparison despite the high-end songwriting chops of singer Caroline Polachek (she wrote Beyonce’s “No Angel”), even if, sure, the roots — trip-hop mingling with 1980s pop and an outsider’s appreciation for gacked-up megaphone skronk — were evident. Moth, the pair’s third full-length, wants to cover a lot of bases. It’s full of good stuff, including but not limited to pan hip-hop chill (“Polymorphing”), quirky cybernetic tribalism (“Look Up”) and dubstep-leaning snap-dance (the utterly captivating “Romeo”). It’s got a bit of ADD as far as overall focus, and not just in terms of the beats, which can get overly weird. Polachek’s voice wants to be a dream-diva Lana Del Rey in some spots, a Dido wallflower in others, basic Ke$ha bubblegummer in still others — but this is her in off-the-clock mode, meaning it’s personal, meaning you’ll likely take most of it and leave the rest, which is fine. A Eric W. Saeger






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