Speaking of beautiful things, let’s not forget the voice of Alexis Taylor. Since the moment it made an appearance on the first Hot Chip recordings almost 20 years ago, it’s remained one of the most distinctive and expressive in pop music.
Taylor’s versatility is also remarkable, evoking deep and subtle emotions whether surrounded by club-shaking dance beats or the quietest melody. His previous solo venture Piano was a stunning record of restrained ballads, later accompanied by an ambient album where other artists responded to the originals. Beautiful Thing finds a balance between the reflective aspects of that project and the emotive dance music of Hot Chip. The title track is a perfect example, blending a vocal line over a a dense, experimental disco groove. It’s cohesive and chaotic, playful and plaintive. And it’s moving, like all of Alexis Taylor’s work.
Beautiful Thing is out April 20 via Domino/EMI.
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