Review: Hot Chip - In Our Heads

6/7/12
7.6ARTIST INFO

Been hankering for some self-aware dance music to groove to? You're in luck! British electronic dance music innovators Hot Chip release their 2012 album and 5th full-length LP, In Our Heads, on June 12.

Combining the perfect blend of giddiness and pathos, the quintet, headed by Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, has (self) produced a pretty solid album with In Our Heads. Hot Chip's last couple records, Made in the Dark and One Life Stand, while elegant and original, were a bit dreary when compared to their excellent, more stereo-friendly first two LPs, Coming on Strong and The Warning. In Our Heads marks Hot Chip's triumphant return to that danceable indie disco sound the group became known for in the mid-2000s.

 

In Our Heads has a decidedly funky, throwback flavor, especially with songs like "Don't Deny Your Heart," which wouldn't be out of place in an '80s movie montage scene. The beats are as ingenious as ever, paired with heartfelt, singable choruses. Ultimately, these are smart, catchy dance tracks with bittersweet lyrics revolving around love, heartbreak, and dancing your ass off.

 

While there's not as much quirky humor on this album as in the group's early songs like "Shining Escalade" and "Down With Prince," Hot Chip hasn't lost their geeky/tongue-in-cheek vibe entirely. While they give the impression in interviews that In Our Heads is intended to be a straightforward dance album, we think (we hope) they're at least half-joking when, for example, the bespeckled Alexis Taylor repeatedly chants, "Let's sweat!" on the album's awesome first single, "Night and Day."

Some stand-out tracks on In Our Heads include "These Chains," "Flutes," "Motion Sickness," "How Do You Do?," "Night and Day," and "Let Me Be Him." Sure, the album has a couple semi-duds like "Now There is Nothing" and "Ends of the Earth", but there is a high likelihood that you'll be partying to some new Hot Chip this summer (especially if you go to the kind of hotel pool parties where skinny guys dance around in knock-off Ray Bans and tank tops).

 

Hot Chip has always reminded me of a sort of modern day Bee Gees with their trademark falsetto and unabashedly infectious melodies, especially on tracks like "Always Been Your Love," "How Do You Do?," and "Look at Where We Are." What do you guys think? Are these dance pop classics in the making or what?

Stream Hot Chip's 2012 album at The Guardian.

Lyrics to Flutes:

I know it's nothing more than flutes
But something in my heart is loose
There's never been a better day
And if there is nothing more
Then nothing more will add us say
Thereís never been a better day

[Chorus]
Work that inside outside
Work that more
Work that right side left side
More that more
Inside outside left side work the floor
Inside outside top down with more
Work that inside outside
Work that more
Work that right side left side more that more
Inside outside left side work the floor
Inside outside up down with more

I put up a string today
Deciding never taught me a thing
A wooden box breathes the way
Never again
Never again
Never again
Never again
(Chorus)
All this talk is getting me down
Nothing making sense in my brain
Iím moving words in the course of today
Trying hard to fix through the pain
I'm moving words in course of today
Trying hard to fix through the pain
I'm waiting to the thought that we came
Only to discover I'm aged
And blow a quart of love in your fame
And watch things drop down
And watch things drop down
And watch things drop down
And watch things drop down
One day you might realize
That you might need to open your eyes
One day you might realize
That you might need to open your eyes
(Chorus)
Open your eyes
Open your eyes
Open your eyes
One day you might realize
That you might need to open your eyes
One day you might realize
That you might need to open your eyes 

 

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