Spoon go disco? Not quite but there is a pleasing rhythmic suppleness to their ninth studio album, which finds them back in a more experimental mode after their sleek and shiny last LP They Want My Soul (2014).
With its Middle Eastern motifs and funky bassline, Can I Sit Next To You recalls Lodger-era Bowie, Pink Up glides by on a lovely bed of maracas and tinkling vibraphone, while the likes of First Caress and Do I Have To Talk You Into It wouldn’t sound out of place one of John Hughes’ early 80s comedies. Even more familiar Spoon workouts like Tear It Down (with its anti-Trump chorus of “Let them build a wall around us / I don’t care, I’m gonna tear it down”) and I Ain’t The One sound fresh and vital thanks to the ornate piano breaks, white noise and electronic bleeps that are thrown around with abandon.
Hot Thoughts is not as immediately catchy as They Want My Soul, but 20-plus years into their career, it’s great to see Britt Daniel and Co’ s mischievous spirit of invention is showing no signs of dimming.
Hot Thoughts is out now via Matador/Remote Control