By Brendan Lee
Hot Chip – A Bath Full of Ecstasy
With A Bath Full of Ecstasy, the indie-infused electronic group from London returns in a symphonic smash of bangers, leaving listeners longing for more. Lucky number seven on a discography that dates back to 2004, the album is a refined array of synth pop anthems reminiscent of 80s and 90s electro.
It’s an album that feels complete, with an attention to detail that allows each song room to breathe in their often five or six-minute run-times.
Lead-vocalist, Alexis Taylor, manages to transcend himself with a performance that drives and complements layered synth, heavy drum-beats and crisp major piano chords. Lyrically, the album is a love song that doesn’t specify a target. The sometimes repetitive, chant friendly words echo and roll off Taylor’s tongue in a psychedelic sort of poetry.
For years, Hot Chip has been known for their unique take on electronic music that varies from song to song and album to album, but A Bath Full of Ecstasy feels like a decisive, colourful line in the sand that says, finally: This is us.