The thing that’s always set Hot Chip apart from lesser laptop-enabled acts — aside from consistently hot shit live shows — has been that openhearted sense to their songwriting. And yet this is a day we didn’t see coming: it’s a Hot Chip ballad! For five seconds you’re gonna think we pulled a bait and switch and gave you another Beach House track, with that dialed down BPM and sparse kick-kick-snare beat machine, but when Alexis starts in with his sad and withered R&B breakup croon — over some bluesy piano/guitar changes and a slow-swelling synth drone on the hook — you shall know it to be Chip. Reflection and dejection’s nothing new for the crew (see “And I Was A Boy From School”). Here they’re wearing through it just a little more slowly. It’s a good look. So is that banana.
[Photo by Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle]
Pretty sad, pretty lovely. Sounds like somebody got their heart broken. Telling it’s the title track, too — although what we’ve heard so far hasn’t signaled too much a slowdown from the dancefloor otherwise. Judging by how generous they’ve been so far, there’s sure to be more posted soon enough at their site or MySpace