Why Make Sense?
On 2012’s In Our Heads, Hot Chip hit their stride in terms of lyrics that were as vulnerable and complex as they were accessible. The British group’s sixth album sees them refining their fraught, existential balladry but dials back the multi-layered club beats in exchange for a live-band feel that trains a brighter spotlight on Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard’s songwriting chops.
Need You Now, with its 90s house diva vibe, is the lone track that bluntly nods to current trends in dance music. Why Make Sense? is not without Hot Chip’s energy and freewheeling eclecticism – there are plenty of bloopy flourishes, singalong choruses and a guest rap from De La Soul’s Pos – but it doesn’t get more wistful or domestic than the ballad White Wine And Fried Chicken.
A porous quality in Hot Chip’s music suggests an openness to the experiences and rhythms of dance music, even when the mood seems inclined to the opposite: focused, domestic, deep in thought. It’s as anti-complacent as pop music gets.
Top track: Easy To Get
Hot Chip perform at the Danforth Music Hall on June 3