398. Hot Chip – “The Warning”

Lest you all think I haven’t engaged with new, youthful music in the past few years, here’s one the ‘kids’ might recognise.

I fell for this CD on the basis of the self-fulfilling Over and Over single. It was very hard to resist this tune, so reminiscent of mid-to-late 1980s keyboard pop.There is a New Order-ish mentality there that really appeals.

Indeed, this release shares the paradoxes of New Order’s work.  The music is all upbeat, somewhat relentless euro-pop, yet lyrically there is a cheeky bleakness and brutality.  A violence and cruelty pervades various songs here, but the band delivers this duality without the pompous melodrama of someone like Depeche Mode.

The title track is a case in point, with threats to break my legs and put me under the ground delivered over a ludicrously upbeat minimalist beat with breathy, summery vocals.  Actually, this track could also just as easily be Darren Hanlon in his most experimental form.

I love an album that surprises.  This delivers.  And it has this gem:

File under: Fair warning

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