Album Review: Chairlift – Moth

‘Look Up’ introduces Moth in a dream-like state. Peaceful and serene, Chairlift are indulging us with their talent for atmospherics; Polochek’s vocals an airy guide through the clouds of the sound the melody passes through. “Look up!” pierces the veil of tranquillity, forcing us back to reality with an almighty cry. Synths, percussion and vocals come together to a beautiful conclusion.

chairlift - Moth

Chairlift consists of members Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly. My favourite thing about the Brooklyn based synth-pop duo is the ease with which they transgress genre boundaries. Each song from this album has its own personality with its own story to tell, furthered and explored by its surrounding tracks. The staple sound of the album is synthy of course, but unexpectedly flirts with everything from the likes of R&B to Breakbeat.

Melodies splinter off into a thousand different directions throughout the course of each track, impossible to predict. ‘Ottowa to Osaka’ is a perfect example of this. The melody, light and romantic, is complimented by the dreamy vocals only to be contested by the out-of-this-world sounding synths and confused violins. A pleasant juxtaposition.

Another stark contrast of sound appears in the intro to ‘Polymorphing’. The warpy grumble that eventually swirls into a Matty Healy-esque guitar strum. The chorus is impossibly catchy and the beat had me head-bopping on public transport against my will.

The lists of people who could be assumed as Chairlift’s influences are endless, but mostly because it’s impossible to put your finger on who they remind you of. I think it’s because they’re better.

With a Hip-Hop inspired rhythm, fidgety percussion and swinging trumpets, it’s not hard to see why ‘Ch-ching’ is Moth’s lead single. Polochek’s voice is the cherry on top of the wonderfully dynamic cake that is this track.  ‘Moth To A Flame’ is catchy with a nod to a pop beat. The spoken monotone “Hes that kind of man mumma!” adds just enough flare to remind us that this isn’t Carly Rea Jepson, this is Chairlift, who are revolutionising what we should see as pop music. Suitable for a 12 year olds bedroom or the trendiest of nightclubs, this is definitely one of my favourites on the album.

Moth is released today (22nd Jan) and if you have already failed your New Year’s resolution, make a new one. Listen to this album!

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