Written By Rudy Klobas
Chairlift is a band that I’ve been meaning to check out for years. I remember first hearing their name a few years back when they released their highly-successful record Something, but I brushed them off assuming they were like every other little synth-pop duo from Brooklyn, churning out catchy songs about failed relationships and teenage nostalgia. It wasn’t until I started listening to Moth – their latest full-length effort – that I realized the incredible songwriting and production chops behind this group. The songs on this record are well-written and uniquely composed, ultimately forming a very solid body of work that’s one of the best pop full-lengths I’ve heard in a while.
Listening to Moth the first time through, it quickly became apparent that lead singer, Caroline Polachek, is extremely gifted with penning catchy hooks. Almost every song off this album has an amazing chorus that you feel like could repeat forever and you’d never get sick of. Lead-single “Ch-Ching” is a great example of this. Not only does the song pair 808 drums with a tenor sax, but it has a perfect hook that sounds like a blend of equal parts Imogen Heap and Beyoncé. Another aspect of this album that I love is the sense of groove that flows throughout every song. “Crying in Public” is a sweet tune about falling in love with someone and having that feeling consume you, but the instrumental has this sleek, danceable vibe to it that juxtaposes the somber lyrics perfectly. “Show U Off” borrows a sample from Busta Rhymes’ “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” to create an awesome post-disco groove, complete with a sexy guitar part that sounds like it could’ve come straight off an old Chic record.
Chairlift seems to be a match made in heaven. Between talented producer/multi-instrumentalist (Wembley), and highly-talented vocalist (Polachek) they’re an unstoppable force that creates unique yet easily digestible pop music. While Moth does have its low points (“Unfinished Business” – the slow and very sparsely produced snooze-fest), overall it’s an excellent record that left me wanting more.
Fav Tracks: Ch-Ching, Polymorphing, Show U Off