Chairlift
Moth


4.0
excellent

Review

by wtferrothorn USER (36 Reviews)
February 1st, 2016 | 61 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chairlift emerge from their cocoon with open wings on their latest effort.

Technically, Chairlift is made up of two people: Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly to be specific. On Moth, Chairlift has become a singular entity where it’s hard to tell where Polachek ends and Wimberly begins. Okay, so they might not be that inseparable, but there’s no doubt that Moth is the group’s most realized project yet. The duo work off each other wonderfully, each of them complementing the other’s attributes with their own traits. On many of the hooks on the album, Polachek’s soaring vocals are tinkered with to give them an electronic tint. This gives her vocals an admirable quirk that balances accessibility and artfulness. In return, Polachek’s vocals carry enough emotion to bring a human touch to the music throughout the album. This effect upon the record is most apparent on the incredibly lovely ballad “Crying in Public”, where her touching croons are set to a crawling bassline a delicate synth melody to form an album highlight. The only time when her vocals are somewhat detrimental to the song is “Unfinished Business”, where her raw performance sticks out like a sore thumb in its raucousness. With Moth, Polachek has solidified herself as one of the best singers in modern pop music.

With each successive album, Chairlift have gotten more and more lively with their sound. Starting with their dreamy debut Does You Inspire You, the duo are now releasing some of the most striking indie pop jams within the past year. While Polachek’s previously mentioned vocals are a big part of their formula, the production is also critical to this success as well. Each track is cleanly produced, making Moth and overall pleasant listen aesthetically speaking. The album transcends being simply a pretty record and nothing else with impeccable songwriting and a good supply of danceable grooves, separating themselves from their contemporaries. Whether they blast past you with more urgent cuts such as “Romeo” and “Moth to the Flame”, take a more laid back approach on “Polymorphing”, or perfect their synthpop sound on the E•MO•TION-esque “Show U Off”, Chairlift fail to disappoint with almost every single track here no matter what style they try out. There’s even a faint glitch pop feel on some tracks, especially “Ottawa to Osaka”. Sadly through, this track is a bit too abstract for its own good to take advantage of this experimentation. The songwriting and melody is just too weak to fully justify its 5 minute runtime. This exchange of experimentation for quality could also be applied to the closer, the only other track that could be considered “bad” on the entire record. Moth is at its very best when it embraces its poppiness, and there’s something to appreciate within that. Transitioning from unabashedly outgoing to emotionally conscious with ease, Chairlift cover enough bases to make the party being held on Moth open to everybody. Chairlift has been evolving with each subsequent album, and Moth is the product of that progression.



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wtferrothorn
January 31st 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Ch-Ching": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWSFlqBOgl8

"Romeo": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CncbXK6vURA

"Crying In Public": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvETNv2Ib0E

"Moth to the Flame": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QfUuVyJlbg



Thanks to JohnnyOnTheSpot for proofreading this review. Any constructive criticism is appreciated.

LotusFlower
January 31st 2016


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

excellent review you have here ferro, I'll be sure to check this out!

wtferrothorn
January 31st 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks m8, I have a feeling you'd like this

hal1ax
January 31st 2016


13654 Comments


heyyy i heard a song from this off of p4k and it sounded good. will check
and nice review

brandontaylor
January 31st 2016


807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

some songs on this are kinda annoying but crying in public is probably their best track yet. caroline is such an underrated, great singer.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2016


11690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Really good review dude. I heard Ch-Ching and dug it, might have to pick this up at some point and see how the rest of it is.



"Review Summary: More akin to a caterpillar than a moth, Chairlift emerges from their cocoon on their latest effort."



I don't wanna be THAT guy, but if they're 'emerging' metaphorically, wouldn't that make them a moth?

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LotusFlower
January 31st 2016


12001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shhh bby its ok

PostMesmeric
January 31st 2016


746 Comments


I was pretty surprised at how much I enjoyed this record, especially since I had never heard any of their older works.

PostMesmeric
January 31st 2016


746 Comments


Convinced me to look into their older stuff.

wtferrothorn
January 31st 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Scuro yeah i had a bit of trouble figuring out how that'd work. I had a general gist of what I was going for with the summary, just not the specifics I guess lol. Got any suggestions of what I could change it to?

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2016


11690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Idk, perhaps get rid of the first bit before the comma?



"Chairlift emerge from their cocoon on their latest effort, spreading their wings with a more energetic sound" - or something like that. Tbh I was nitpicking anyway (:

wtferrothorn
January 31st 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aight changed it to something like what you said. Think I like it a bit more than my original one, and now it make sense. Thanks :]

larrytheslug
February 1st 2016


1587 Comments


hadn't heard of this band until last week but such a fun listen. romeo is dreamy. call me juliet.

DoofusWainwright
February 1st 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Will check this out, enjoyed the review

RadicalEd
February 1st 2016


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sexy review. will check. feature pls.

Sinternet
February 1st 2016


19425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah good review, seems to be something i'd like i'll check the ones you linked

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Sinternet
February 1st 2016


19425 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ehh the only track i liked from what you linked was ch-ching, moth to the flame was ok, i'll give the rest a try anyway

zakalwe
February 1st 2016


27388 Comments


Tagged as 'indie-pop' 'based in Brooklyn, New York' and vox that are 'tinkered with to give an electronic tint' but to completely hammer the nail in we have 'there's even a faint glitch-pop feel on some tracks'

Without even listening I can deduce that this album is a massive pile of cunt.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2016


12115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

probs their best overall album but still remain more of a singles band for me. Ch-Ching is aces

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
February 2nd 2016


3924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can Ch-Ching all day.



Nice review too, glad to see you got round to writing it!



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